Policing Bridge Dedications Dec 5 2011
Policing – Bridge Dedications
Grenville County Bridge Dedicated To Fallen Police Officer
Ontario Government Pays Tribute to OPP Member
December 5, 2011
A Grenville County bridge has been officially dedicated in the memory of a fallen officer from the Ontario Provincial Police.
Constable Tyler Boutilier died on May 23, 2004. While responding to a call, his cruiser was hit head on on Highway 15. The Blue Church Road overpass, which crosses Highway 401 in Augusta Township, has been dedicated to Constable Boutilier.
Memorial signs with the officer’s name and police service crest have been posted at each end of the bridge honouring him.
“This bridge dedication is a tribute to all hard working officers and a reminder to Ontarians of the sacrifice this brave police officer made to keep the community safe.”
— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
“Ontario’s police officers put the safety of our communities before their own safety. These bridge dedications will commemorate the ultimate sacrifice the officers and their families made on our behalf.”
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation
"The men and women of the OPP are very pleased to see that this community and the provincial government have recognized the sacrifice made by Constable Tyler Boutilier. We will not forget him.”
— Chris D. Lewis, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police
- Ontario has permitted bridges and other highway structures to be dedicated in memory of fallen police officers since 2002. The Highway Memorial for Fallen Police Officers Act, 2002 is based on a private member’s bill introduced by Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci.
- Since 2002, 27 provincial highway structures have been dedicated in honour of fallen police officers.
Bridge Dedicated To Fallen Police Officer
Blue Church Road overpass at Highway 401 in Augusta Township
Tyler Lee Boutilier was born May 9, 1972, the second of two children. His older sister, Kari Dart, is a Detective Inspector with the Ontario Provincial Police’s Criminal Investigative Branch.
Constable Boutilier grew up in Havelock and later attended Mount Royal University in Calgary, where he completed the Criminal Justice program. He joined the OPP on Sept. 13, 2000, and received his badge from Kari at the OPP recruit graduation ceremony in January 2001. His first posting was at Grenville County Detachment in Prescott.
Constable Boutilier joined the East Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) In Spring 2003 after completing the training course at CFB Bordon, where he was named the top candidate.
On Sunday, May 23, 2004, Constable Boutilier was working a regular dayshift in Grenville County. In the early afternoon, canine and ERT resources were dispatched to the Seeley’s Bay campground to assist with a search for unlawfully-at-large male suspects seen at the campground.
Constable Boutilier was southbound on Highway 15 in a marked OPP cruiser just north of Seeley’s Bay. As he rounded a curve, a northbound motorist was in his lane overtaking traffic.
He tried to avoid a collision by moving on to the right shoulder. The oncoming motorist lost control of her vehicle, and collided head on with the cruiser. Constable Boutilier died later that day from injuries he sustained in the crash.
Constable Boutilier is survived by his wife, Lori Bates.
The OPP now presents the annual most outstanding ERT Basic Course candidate with the Tyler Boutilier Memorial Award. Mount Royal University has a yearly scholarship named the Tyler Boutilier Memorial scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to third and fourth-semester students enrolled in the Criminal Justice program and is based on academic achievement and financial need.
Rebecca MacKenzie, Minister Meilleur’s office, 416-325-8282
David Salter, Minister Chiarelli’s office, 416-327-1815
Brent Ross, MCSCS Communications Branch, 416-314-7024
Sergeant Kristine Rae, OPP, 613-284-4500