Procession for murdered Toronto cop Andrew Hong to see major road closures
The funeral and procession for fallen Toronto Police Constable Andrew Hong has been announced and the lengthy display of mourning will see seem some streets and highways closed in the earlier hours of the day.
The Toronto Police Service have confirmed that a private service will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre (TCC) at 12 p.m. on Martin Grove Road.
That means the procession will travel from the Kane-Jarret Funeral Home at 8088 Yonge Street to TCC.
Officers will begin marching from Canal Sports southbound on Martin Grove towards the TCC at around 9:45 a.m.
Members will be posted on both sides of Martin Grove, to honour the funeral cortege as it makes its way.
Once the procession arrives at the TCC, Chief of Police James Ramer will salute the cortege as it heads into the building, it will include Cst. Hong's motorcycle.
While @TrafficServices pays their final respect for fallen colleague, Const. Andrew Hong, you may see neighbouring police patrolling in Toronto including OPP on highways.— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) September 20, 2022
All police officers in Ontario have jurisdictional authority throughout the entire province.#HM19
The planned route is to take Northbound Yonge Street to Westbound Highway 407 ETR, southbound Highway 27, eastbound Steeles Avenue and southbound to Martin Grove.
As a result, Martin Grove will have a full closure from Dixon Road to Belfield Road and Bethridge Boulevard at 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.
Belfield will also see a full closure at 7:30 a.m. from Highway 27 to Martin Grove and Kipling Avenue.
Highway 409 east and west ramps at Dixon Road will close at 6:30 a.m. while the Highway 401 westbound ramp at Dixon will close at 6:30 a.m. as well.
The public can view the procession as it travels across Highway 407 at the Bathurst, Dufferin, Keele, Jane, Weston, Pine Valley and Islington overpasses.
Funeral procession of Cst Andrew Hong: Wed Sept 21.— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP_HSD) September 20, 2022
Depart Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home 8088 Yonge Street at approximately 9:25 a.m., route -
Northbound Yonge Street
Westbound Hwy 407 ETR
Southbound Hwy 27
Eastbound Steeles Avenue
Southbound Martin Grove Road#HeroeInLife #HM19 pic.twitter.com/VCEVIyIuy1
The 46 Martin Grove bus will be diverting as well. For northbound trips it will following Martin Grove Road, east Dixon, north Kipling, west Bethridge and north Martin Grove to the rest of the route.
Police officers from across #Ontario are preparing to say goodbye to @TorontoPolice Constable Andrew Hong at a visitation tonight & funeral tomorrow. We will mourn together. On behalf of President @ChiefNish & our members, thank you 4 your sacrifice, Andrew 😞 @TPSMyronDemkiw pic.twitter.com/wMzWZp2boA— OACPOfficial (@OACPOfficial) September 20, 2022
For southbound trips the bus will follow south on Martin Grove, east Bethridge, south Kipling, west Dixon and south Martin Grove to continue.
On behalf of all of the people of the City of Toronto, I visited this afternoon with the family of Toronto Police Constable Andrew Hong and expressed deep condolences on their loss and gratitude for his service.— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) September 20, 2022
Together we will honour him tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/LWO3ubAPSJ
Hong died over a week ago after he was fatally shot at a Mississauga Tim Hortons while participating in a training exercise.
His death kicked off a shooting spree across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and saw the death of two more people and the injuries of multiple. The person believed to be responsible for this rampage died following an interaction with Hamilton Police on the same day.
I've photographed @torontopolice Constable Andrew Hong many times over the years as he protected the @RunCRS races throughout the City of #toronto. Tomorrow I will be covering his funeral. The running community in Toronto will mourn his senseless loss. pic.twitter.com/932vhkLO4d— Frank Gunn (@frankgunnphoto) September 20, 2022
Peel Regional Police, who have led this investigation, believe 48-year-old Hong was targeted for being in his police uniform.
The 22-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service leaves behind his two children, wife and parents.
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