Saturday, September 16, 2017

RCMP Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe Lost Battle With PTSD


Family, friends, colleagues honour Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe

The Telegram
Tara Bradbury
September 15, 2017

An honour guard of more than 100 officers — RCMP in red serge, RNC, firefighters, correctional officers, sheriff's officers, paramedics, veterans and others — formed two lines leading from the steps of Saints Peter and Paul church in Bay Bulls Friday afternoon.
RCMP Regimental Sgt. Major Doug Pack (on steps) salutes as cross bearer Craig Follett leaves Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Bay Bulls on Friday following the funeral service of RCMP Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe, who died Monday. RCMP officers salute as O’Keefe’s remains are carried out of the church behind Follett, O’Keefe’s brother-in-law.
Unmoving in the hot sun, they saluted as Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe’s funeral procession passed them, headed towards the cemetery.
In front in a black vehicle were the funeral directors with the urn carrying the RCMP officer’s remains. Next was the car carrying O’Keefe’s parents.
As they passed, his father Pierre (Perry) gave the saluting officers the thumbs up and a strained smile.
Earlier, during the funeral service, Perry told the congregation he had a message he wanted to get out.
“If you or someone you know is suffering emotional distress of any sort, tell someone. Don’t bottle it up.”
O’Keefe, a 17-year veteran of the RCMP, died by suicide at home in Paradise Monday afternoon, after a battle with what his family says was post-traumatic stress disorder. He would have turned 48 next week.