Long Overdue by bkbinthecity

Long Overdue

Let me tell you a story. So one week ago a new headstone was unveiled that was long overdue. Frank Beevers was the first Edmonton police officer killed in the line of duty.
Beeverswas born in Leeds, England in 1866. In 1911 he moved to Canada with his wife. They started out as farmers about one hour south of Edmonton.
They moved to Edmonton in 1915 when he took a job as a janitor with the Edmonton Police Service. In 1918 he became a police constable. On Oct. 17, 1918 while investigating a robbery Beevers was shot and killed by the main suspect.
Three days later he was buried with only a wooden cross to mark the spot. After sometime it decayed and was never replaced.
In Feb. 2017 a local janitor with an interest in local history began to investigate the Beevers story. Eventually she contacted the Edmonton Police Service to inform them that Beevers grave was unmarked.
After locating Beever's great-Great nephew and his daughter in London they informed them that they had plans to unveil a headstone to honour Beever's. The nephew and his daughter were here in Edmonton at the unveiling. As well they met the janitor whose efforts made all of this possible
So that is the story of Frank Beevers
very interesting story
October 19th, 2018  
Truly interesting piece of local history - thanks for sharing
October 19th, 2018  
very interesting story, and a wonderful ending - thanks for sharing
October 19th, 2018  
bep
Really interesting. The local janitor did a great job!
October 19th, 2018  
How wonderful that after such a long time Frank has been commemorated.
October 19th, 2018  
Such an interesting story and beautiful marker!
October 19th, 2018  
Lovely sweet story, I noticed you called him “Frank Berbers” several times. Did he change his name to Beevers when he moved to Canada?
October 19th, 2018  
Nice story, interesting.
October 19th, 2018  
fabulous story and fitting end :)
October 19th, 2018  
A touching story with a very appropriate ending.
October 19th, 2018  
It is great you shared this story!
October 19th, 2018  
Great story and apt image
October 19th, 2018  
Cool picture.
October 19th, 2018  
Poor Frank & family. Not long a police man & that happens to him. Sad for his wife & family. Good to know that someone appreciated his efforts & he is now official!
October 19th, 2018  
What a great story!
October 19th, 2018  
Very interesting story.
October 19th, 2018  
Fascinating. So glad they did that.
October 19th, 2018  
What a great story. Thank you for sharing it 😊
October 19th, 2018  
So glad he has a real headstone!
October 20th, 2018  
@mv_wolfie Mariana l trust you enjoyed it
October 20th, 2018  
@4rky You're welcome
October 20th, 2018  
@inspiredbynature Sandra you're welcome
October 20th, 2018  
@gijsje Bep she certainly did
October 20th, 2018  
@chrisiow Yes Chris for sure
October 20th, 2018  
@janeandcharlie Jane it certainly is
October 20th, 2018  
@louannwarren Sorry Lou Ann that was my crazy autocorrect on my phone. Thanks for mentioning it. I have corrected it
October 20th, 2018  
@sailingmusic Glad you like it Myrna
October 20th, 2018  
@kgolab Yes it certainly is
October 20th, 2018  
@henrir Yes Henri for sure
October 20th, 2018  
@fjanos You're welcome
October 20th, 2018  
@seattlite Thanks Gloria
October 20th, 2018  
@agedrunner Thanks Richard
October 20th, 2018  
@happypat Pat it certainly is
October 20th, 2018  
@jernst1779 Jean glad you enjoyed this one
October 20th, 2018  
@haskar Haskar l trust you enjoyed this one
October 20th, 2018  
@helenhall Me too Helen
October 20th, 2018  
@365projectdrewpdavies Drew you're welcome
October 20th, 2018  
@kwind Kim it is well deserved
October 20th, 2018  
I'm glad to see the powers that be rectified the situation. No one giving their life for the good of all should be forgotten- especially at the grave site.
October 21st, 2018  
Ann you are absolutely right about that
October 21st, 2018  
What a story. I am glad to hear he was finally honored with a beautiful gravestone. Now he will not be forgotten for his service.
October 21st, 2018  
@gardenfolk Very true
October 22nd, 2018  
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