Trust account created for wife of fallen York officer
Published Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:51PM EDT
The outpouring of support for the widow of Const. Garrett Styles, continued on Thursday, two days after the York Regional Police officer was killed during an early-morning traffic stop.
Melissa Styles continued to receive tributes from the public and other police officers, moved by her husband's tragic death Tuesday morning.
Styles, 32, died after being struck and pinned underneath a minivan during a traffic stop near Newmarket, Ont. The young officer left behind a wife and two young children, a two-year-old girl and nine-week-old boy.
A book of condolence has been made available in the lobby of the Toronto Police Service headquarters, at 40 College St., allowing residents to express their thoughts over the next several days.
The book will be available between Thursday at 7 a.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m.
A trust account in the name of Melissa Styles has been established at the Police Credit Union in Newmarket. The account number is 2000014 York Branch. Transit Number is 63612.
Cheques can be mailed to the credit union and be made payable to: In Trust for Melissa Styles or Melissa Styles In Trust.
Deposits can be made directly at any branch of the Police Credit Union. Follow this link for Credit Union Locations.
The York Regional Police Association says it established the fund after an outpouring of support from the public and other police officers interested in helping Styles' family.
They said a large turnout is expected for Styles' funeral, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex at 100 Eagle St. W. in the Town of Newmarket.
While organizers say the public is welcome, they caution that the large cadre of police officials expected to attend will make seating inside the complex scarce.
A police procession will be held prior to the funeral along Yonge Street, south from Davis Drive to Eagle Street in Newmarket.
A public visitation will be held between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Jerrett Funeral Homes at 8088 Yonge St. in the City of Vaughan.
As many as 6,000 police officers from across North America attended a funeral for the last York Regional Police officer killed on duty. Det. Const. Rob Plunkett died after being crushed by a car in 2007.
On Wednesday, Nadeem Jiwa was sentenced to 12 years in prison for Plunkett's death, but will spend 50 months behind bars after receiving credit for time already served.
Following the sentencing hearing, widow Sonja Plunkett said she would focus on offering support to the Styles family.
"My attention is now turning to the Styles family and all the members of the York Regional Police at this most difficult time," Sonja Plunkett told reporters from outside the courthouse on Wednesday.