Public tributes for Const. Daniel Woodall
Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:49AM MDT Last Updated Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:26PM MDT
Edmontonians are paying their respects as many come to grips with Monday night’s tragedy in the city’s west end.
At City Hall, Council – and those in the Gallery – observed a moment of silence in memory of Const. Daniel Woodall.
Mayor Don Iveson spoke in Council chambers at the meeting.
“I’m still, like many people, having difficulty with this,” Iveson said.
In addition, Councillors wore blue ribbons to show support for the Edmonton Police Service.
Meanwhile, a book of condolences has been placed in the lobby for anyone to pay their respects. It is one of several throughout the city - Edmonton police said Tuesday that books were in place at Edmonton Police Service stations. More details are available online.
Outside of the downtown Edmonton Police Service Headquarters Wednesday morning, a memorial of flowers continued to grow outside the building.
In addition, students, elders and staff from the Amiskwaciy Academy performed two traditional drum songs outside police headquarters – officers were invited to be part of the circle. The performance was a show of support and respect for the Edmonton Police Service.
“The first song we sing is called the Last trail, and sends the spirit of the individual or person who’s passed on to the spirit world,” Elder Francis Whiskyjack said.
After the performance, officers shook hands with the students and staff, and thanked them for their support.
Woodall was killed as he and a team of EPS officers attempted to execute an arrest warrant at a home in the Ormsby neighbourhood Monday night when shots were fired from inside the home.
Woodall was one of two officers shot in the incident, Woodall was pronounced dead at the scene but Sgt. Jason Harley was treated by paramedics and then released later that night.
EPS said Wednesday that an autopsy had been conducted into Woodall’s death – the Medical Examiner confirmed the cause of death was gunshot wounds, and his was Edmontn’s tenth homicide of 2015.
Then, a fire was started in the house – it was completely destroyed. Police said Tuesday that a body was found in the burned house, they said it was believed to be the remains of the target of the arrest warrant Norman Walter Raddatz, 42.
“That has a profound impact on everybody and certainly Fire Rescue’s no different,” Edmonton Fire Chief Ken Block said. “I think you got a sense of that emotion in the Council when we had the moment of silence.”
“It’s important to pause and remember and reflect upon this officer and what all Edmonton police officers are asked to do for us day to day,” Councillor Scott McKeen said.
McKeen told CTV News he expects the City will discuss a public, permanent memorial for Const. Woodall.
Police said Wednesday that a trust fund had been established for the Woodall family, called the D. Woodall Family Fund – contributions can be made at RBC Branches across Canada in memory of the fallen officer.
The Edmonton Police Association has also set up a GoFundMe page - money raised will be deposited in the trust fund.
With files from Bill Fortier and Nicole Weisberg