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Posted on Friday November 08, 2019
On Friday November 8, 2019, the Niagara Regional Police Service hosted a bridge dedication ceremony in honour of Constable Luciano DeSimone.
It was announced that the Queen Elizabeth Way highway bridge that spans not only the Welland River, but also Oakwood Drive, and the entrance from Montrose Road to Baden-Powell Park, will now be known as the Constable Luciano DeSimone Memorial Bridge.     
On August 1, 1972, Luciano DeSimone joined the Niagara Regional Police Force and was assigned to uniform patrol duties, initially in One Division in St. Catharines and then later out of the detachment in Fort Erie, Ontario. He was 23 years old and resided with his parents in the Town of Fort Erie.
On May 2, 1974, while working the evening shift in Fort Erie, Luciano was dispatched to the downtown area of the City of Niagara Falls.  This call was in response to other police officers needing assistance with a major disturbance on Queen Street.
Constable DeSimone was driving northbound on the Queen Elizabeth Way from Fort Erie, traveling on the Welland River bridge, when his cruiser struck the rear of a flatbed transport truck that had stopped and was not visible to approaching traffic. The truck driver had stopped his rig in order to render assistance to a motorist who moments earlier had been involved in an accident on the highway.
Constable DeSimone was transported to the Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls, but prior to arrival succumbed to the injuries he had received in the crash.
The Ontario Provincial Police investigated the collision and no charges were laid in regards to this collision.
Constable DeSimone was described as an extremely kind and loving man who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed basketball, fishing and riding his motorcycle. He always wanted to serve as a police officer and looked forward to becoming a motorcycle officer one day.
This promising young officer was just 24 years of age when he died and was the first officer of the newly formed Niagara Regional Police Force to die in the performance of his duties. At the time of his death, Constable DeSimone was engaged to be married.
This bridge dedication serves as a memorial to the service and sacrifice of Constable DeSimone and also serves as a reminder of the risks that all police officers face on a daily basis as they serve their communities.
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Submitted By: Stephanie Sabourin
Approved By: Stephanie Sabourin

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