To a Man Who Gave His All

Over 50 years ago Constable Calvin Byam, a member of the Lethbridge Police, was dispatched to assist evacuating a small island in the river valley where severe flooding had occurred. In attempting to rescue several people who were living in a hut, Constable Byam was swept away and drowned. He left behind his wife and seven children. A memorial service was held in his honour, which included the unveiling of a plaque that can be found in the river valley, speeches by police officers and family members, awarding of Retired Lethbridge Police Badge #163, and a poem written and read by his granddaughter. Afterwards the family gathered for some pictures and dinner. It was a very special day and I was reminded of the everyday heroes in our community, those serving us today and those who have given their lives.