There was a sombre reminder today of the dangers correctional service workers face while carrying out their duties.
A memorial service was held at Cataraqui cemetery paying tribute to Henry Traill.
He was the first correctional service employee killed in Canada, Darryn Davis has more…
July 7th 1870 and Harry Traill is a date and name almost lost to history.
But not to these correctional service workers.
On this day 147 years ago Traill was killed at Kingston penitentiary during a jail break.
He was the first correctional officer killed on the job since confederation.
“There used to be a lime kiln building and he was left there over the meal time at noon with two inmates to keep the lime kiln fires going ”
“During that time the two inmates took advantage of the situation and assaulted him, tied him up and effected an escape.”
One by one starting with Traill the names of over thirty corrections employees killed in service were read.
Highlighting the challenges and risks faced by those that serve in Canadian prisons.
“Yes, it’s a dangerous job we recognize it’s a dangerous job but we provide the tools necessary to actually do the job that needs to be done. ”
This is the second consecutive year the service has been held and only the third that anyone can remember.
Organizers say they want to make this an annual event.
“for us in corrections all staff members to recognize us and to memorialize our fallen.”
“Melanson says he is now working to have the federal government recognize July seventh as a national memorial day for correctional service workers.”
“It doesn’t cost the government any money to do this. it doesn’t cost the tax payers of canada any money to do this but basically what it does is recognize all of the fallen in the correctional service of canada. ”
Melanson has been working with the local M.P. to make the memorial day a reality and is now working on a petition to present to the federal government.
Darryn Davis CKWS news Kingston.