A West Vancouver police officer was honoured with a military funeral procession in New Westminster Friday, after dying suddenly on the job.
Const. Louis Beglaw, 50, died Sept. 16, after suffering a medical emergency while on duty at West Vancouver Police Department headquarters.
Const. Jeff Palmer, spokesman for the West Vancouver Police Department, said Beglaw's death is being felt around the police department.
"We're a small group here. Everybody knows and works with everybody," said Palmer. "He was a really great guy to work with very, very professional."
Beglaw joined the West Vancouver Police Department in 2003 after graduating from the police academy at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. In 2007, Beglaw became a police dog handler, serving in the K-9 unit with his faithful four-legged partner, police service dog Capone.
In addition to his policing work, Beglaw also had a distinguished military career. He joined the Canadian Army Militia with the Royal Westminster Regiment in 1989 and worked his way up to become the commanding officer of A Company. Beglaw served a tour of duty in Bosnia in 2002 with the multi-national peacekeeping force.
Beglaw leaves behind a wife and two young children.
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