Honouring Fallen Woodstock Police Constable Thomas J. Black
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has approved the dedication of the Highway
401 bridge at Mill Street, Woodstock to honour fallen Woodstock Police Officer,
Cst. Thomas J. Black. The MTO bridge dedication program states "as a gesture of
respect, bridge dedications are intended to posthumously recognize police officers
that have courageously and unselfishly given their lives in the line of duty to
preserve our free and peaceful society."
On October 17th, 1962, Cst. Black was responding to a report that two Ontario Hospital
patients had left the facility without permission. As Cst. Black and a fellow officer
were dealing with the individuals, a struggle took place and one of the patients
took control of Cst. Black's revolver and fatally shot Cst. Black. He was just shy
of his 34th birthday and left behind his wife Nelda and three children.
Chief Bill Renton said the recognition is long overdue and that recognizing Cst.
Thomas Black is very fitting as he was certainly a courageous and selfless police
officer who paid the ultimate price while protecting the community that he loved.
The Bridge Dedication Ceremony will take place on Thursday November 16th at 10:00
a.m. at Goff Hall, Woodstock District Community Complex, 381 Finkle Street, Woodstock.
Members of the public are welcome to join the Black family, their friends and dignitaries
as they honour Constable Thomas J. Black.