Chief Blair: Const. Zivcic's family ''remarkable'', ''very strong''

Chief of Police visited family of fallen officer Wednesday

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says the family of a constable killed on the job last week is "remarkable", and showing "tremendous strength" in the face of "unspeakable loss".

Blair spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since the death of Constable John Zivcic.

The 34-year-old died in hospital Monday. Zivcic was gravely hurt Saturday when his unmarked cruised collided with another car on Bloor St, near hwy 427. Zivcic's car went on to hit a pole and he was thrown out of the car.

Chief Blair, who was out of the country on holiday when Zivcic died, met with his family in the Niagara Region Wednesday.

"We wanted to make sure that we were being supportive of them. But also, as we plan the memorial service which is gonna take place on Monday, we want to make sure that we're respecting the family's wishes and that it responds to their needs", said Blair.

Zivcic will be honoured with a full police funeral Monday at 11 am at the Toronto Congress Centre near Dixon Road and the 427.

Blair also visited 22 Division, Zivcic's home base for over six years, on Wednesday.

The Chief says police officers and Zivcic's family have been leaning on each other for support.

"It does remind us really, that the men and women of our service do comprise a large extended family and as we reach out to the families that experience that terrible loss, we do it together and we stand together", said Blair.

The Chief says the force's Traffic Services will do a "thorough job" in investigating the crash that ultimately took Zivcic's life to get answers for his family and the legal system. Blair says investigators have witnesses to talk to and information from the cruiser to help out.

Blair added that he believes there are always lessons to be learned from tragedy and the force will use those lessons to keep its officers safe.

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