One local student has received a scholarship in honour of a fallen RCMP member.
Jordan Marsollier, 17, who will graduate from Notre Dame High School this month, was chosen as the recipient of the Brock Myrol Scholarship.
The scholarship was developed after Myrol, 29, and three other RCMP officers were killed in a shootout in Mayerthorpe in March 2005. It was founded by Veena Channan and Steve Woolrich to honour Myrol’s memory and in commemoration of the sacrifice he made to serve and protect the community.
It is awarded to a Red Deer resident pursuing a post-secondary education in law enforcement and/or security.
Marsollier submitted an essay on Improvements to Our Justice System.
Marsollier, who hopes to one day himself become a police officer, is familiar with the RCMP as his father has served as a member.
“I was two years old when he went to Regina to train and I remember clearly how proud I was to watch him march in noon hour parades, sometimes marching myself alongside him as they went by,” he said. “I have seen through the years what a close family the RCMP is and I want to be part of that family.”
Receiving the Brock Myrol Scholarship is very fitting for Marsollier as his father was one of the first responders to the Mayerthorpe tragedy on March 3, 2005 and for those reasons he has chosen to take the two-year Criminal Justice Program at Lethbridge College.
Channan said it is fitting that Marsollier was the recipient of the scholarship this year.
“Brock would be proud to see Jordan Marsollier in his red serge with the brown Stetson hat representing Canada’s fair, just and equal ideals,” she said. “Brock made a personal sacrifice with his life for the good of others, he is a true hero in my eyes.”