Robin Easey Obituary: Former Police Officer Shot During 1984 Robbery Passes Away

Robin Easey Obituary: Former Police Officer Shot During 1984 Robbery Passes Away

The Ottawa community mourns the loss of a remarkable figure, Robin Easey, a former police officer who, despite enduring a life-changing incident, dedicated his life to rehabilitation and support for trauma survivors. In this article, we remember the legacy of Robin Easey, who passed away at the age of 70.

 The Life and Legacy of Robin Easey

Robin Easey, a former Ottawa police officer, was a man of extraordinary courage and resilience. In this section, we reflect on his life and the impact he had on his community and fellow officers.

A Heroic Response to Adversity

Easey’s life took a dramatic turn in 1984 when, alongside his partner Ralph Erfle, he was gravely wounded while responding to an armed robbery at the Bayshore Shopping Centre. Despite their injuries, both officers survived. However, Easey was left blind and faced serious mobility and health challenges.

 A Champion for Rehabilitation and Support

Despite the life-altering incident, Robin Easey’s spirit remained unbroken. He went on to become a sergeant with the Ottawa Police Service and became a fervent advocate for rehabilitation and support for survivors of severe trauma.

The Enduring Legacy

Matthew Cox, President of the Ottawa Police Association, described Easey as “the definition of a true hero.” His name will forever be etched in the hearts of the Ottawa policing family.

Easey’s dedication to his uniform and his commitment to honoring fallen officers were unwavering. He regularly attended police events and represented the Ottawa Police at the Canadian Police Memorial on Parliament Hill.

Robin’s Blue Circle

In 1988, the formation of a support group for police officers called “Robin’s Blue Circle” paid tribute to Easey’s enduring spirit and commitment. This peer support network, created in his honor, remains active and continues to provide assistance to officers who have experienced the trauma of being shot in the line of duty.

The Robin Easey Centre

The Ottawa Hospital’s Robin Easey Centre, named in his honor, stands as a testament to his lasting impact. This center provides essential services for adults with acquired brain injuries, embodying Easey’s dedication to rehabilitation and support.

Recognitions and Awards

Easey’s outstanding contributions did not go unnoticed. In 1995, he was honored with the Governor General’s Police Exemplary Service Medal, recognizing his unwavering commitment to his duty and his fellow officers. In 2018, the city of Ottawa paid tribute to him by naming a street after him, ensuring that his name would be remembered for generations to come.

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