Handout photographs of the four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers shot and killed in the line of duty near the town of Mayerthorpe, Alberta, March 3, 2004. The officers are Constable Peter Christopher Schiemann ( top L), Constable Brock Warren Myrol (top R), Constable Lionide Nicholas Johnston (bottom (L), and Constable Anthony Fitzgerald Orion Gordon.
EDMONTON – On a Thursday afternoon in Red Deer, Alta., eight years ago, the sun was shining in a clear blue sky, making the snow sparkle like a jewel.
It was the same kind of day in Red Deer last Thursday, and it brought back some painful memories for Colleen Myrol.
Around noon on March 3, 2005, Colleen turned on the television to watch the news as part of her daily routine. On the screen was a picture of a Quonset near Mayerthorpe, where four RCMP officers had been gunned down earlier in the morning. She had no idea her son, 29-year-old Const. Brock Myrol, was among the dead.
"Sometimes it seems like forever since I've seen Brock and the next minute it seems like yesterday," said Colleen from her home in Red Deer. "Some things bring back memories and it can be the strangest thing. Even the weather can bring back the memory, the moment, that type of thing."