What do an Olympic athlete, the Kings of England, and a World War One flying ace, have in common?
They all played a role in the history of the Edmonton Police Service.
Now, the EPS is telling their stories in Legacy of Heroes, a digital comic book available on the Service’s website.
“Each issue is based on a true story taken from our archives,” says EPS Digital Media Unit supervisor, Michael James.
“Legacy of Heroes is a way for us to share stories of heroism with the community at large,” James says. “And who doesn’t like comic books?”
Printed copies are also available through EPS Divisional Stations and Police Information Check Section (14315 – 118 Avenue Nexus Business Park).
Click on the images below to read the comic!
Alex Decoteau was the first person of Aboriginal descent to join a municipal law enforcement agency in Canada. He was also an Olympic athlete and soldier. Learn about Alex’s amazing life in the first issue of Legacy of Heroes.
Watch videos of Izola Mottershead, Alex niece, as she talks about her uncle. Read Issue #1
Find out about the first time a plane was used in pursuit of a criminal in Canada! Flying ace “Wop” May and Detective James Campbell take off in their hunt for a killer.
Watch “Wop” May’s son Denny, talk about his father’s encounter with the Red Baron in World War One. Read Issue #2
The future of the Edmonton Police Department dog squad rests on the shoulders of Sergeant Val Vallevand and his dog Sarge when they track a suspect through a dark warehouse. With danger lurking around every corner, will Val and Sarge save the day?
Watch Val Vallevand Behind the Cover to learn more about the founder of the EPS Canine Unit. Read Issue #3
Have you ever wondered how police collect fingerprints at crime scenes, and use those fingerprints to catch criminals? The answers are waiting for you in the newest issue of Legacy of Heroes! Read Issue #4
The year is 1892. Edmonton’s arch rival on the south-side of the river, South Edmonton, has lobbied the federal government to relocate the Dominion Land Office to their town.
When a mob of angry Edmontonians threatens violence if any further attempts are made to move the land office, Mayor Matt McCauley decides to act. Read Issue #5
Constable Frank Beevers was the first
Edmonton police officer killed in the line of duty. His murder shocked the community and resulted
in one of the largest manhunts in the city’s history. On the 100th anniversary of his
death, we pay tribute to Constable Beevers’ bravery and sacrifice. Read Issue #6