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Photograph: Constable Derek Thomas Ivany

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Constable Derek Thomas Ivany
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

End of Watch: Friday, June 25, 1971

Biographical Info
Age: 24
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: 25165

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Not available
Incident Location: New Brunswick
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

After completing an investigation into a fatal motor vehicle accident, Constable Ivany received a report of a shooting on the Eel River Bar Indian Reserve.

Because of the serious nature of the reported incident, Cst. Ivany got into his cruiser and sped away in the direction
of the Reserve. He turned on his siren and was rolling down Highway #275 one mile west of St. Arthur when he came to a steep hill.Unfortunately, Cst. Ivany didn't know that on the other side of the hill there was a blind curve that peeled away sharply to the left. When he came over the crest of the hill and realized how tight a turn he had to negotiate, it was too late. Attempting to steer through the curve, Cst. Ivany caught his outside wheels on the loose gravel of the shoulder of the road sending his car out of control. His cruiser was thrown into a violent fish-tailing skid and flipped over several times before rolling off the highway.

When help finally got to the scene of the demolished police car, Cst. Ivany was rushed to the hospital in Campbellton. Cst. Ivany was pronounced dead at 0200 Friday morning.

At the time of his death Constable Ivany was survived by a wife, his parents and six siblings.

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