Hundreds gather for Lazenby memorial service
Published Friday, August 24, 2012 5:10PM MDT
Last Updated Friday, August 24, 2012 6:39PM MDT
A sea of red serge gathered on Friday afternoon in the town of High River to mourn fallen peace officer, Rod Lazenby, who died in the line of duty.
The small town hosted an enormous response from members of the local emergency response community, as well as members from across Canada and the United States.
Hundreds of co-workers, friends and family assembled in High River in a tribute to Lazenby, the 62-year-old peace officer killed while responding to an animal call near Priddis.
Lazenby was remembered as a quiet, unassuming man who didn't expect many accolades for his work.
He spent 35 years as an RCMP officer working on some very high risk files and undercover work. According to his friends and former RCMP colleagues, Lazenby seldom spoke of his dangerous work and he was never one to brag about it.
Bob Steinhouse, the head of peace officers for AHS, fondly remembers Lazenby’s mild mannered nature.
“The first thing that came to mind is he’s a really gentle guy,” says Steinhouse. “Really bright, he did some neat things with the RCMP.”
Lazenby leaves behind a legacy as a man committed to his community, no matter the cost.
Lazenby is survived by his wife Lolita, his three children, two stepchildren, and four grandchildren.