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Cpl. James Edward Dedrick

Cpl. James Edward Dedrick

Home city: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Age: 25
Date of crash: August 16, 1992

James was tragically killed on impact of crash at 12:55 AM near Gayton, NB. First time offender, age 20, had a BAC of .213 MG of alcohol per 100 MG of blood. He showed no remorse whatsoever following the crash. His major preoccupation at the time was to get to a concert being held at Shediac, NB. He was driving with his lights out and at a very high speed. He was charged with Impaired Driving Causing Death and Dangerous Driving Causing Death.

The first charge was dropped through plea bargaining to get a guilty plea. He was sentenced on May 26, 1993 to one year in jail, and served four months, with eight months parole, two years probation and three years suspension of his driver’s licence. I was never informed about his parole hearing or his release from jail. To date, he has never apologized to Jim’s family.

Memorial Message

My dearest Jim,
Softly the leaves of memory fall,
Gently I gather and treasure them all
As no one Jim Dear
Can ever take your place,
If the world was mine to give,
I would give it all and more
To see that loving smile
Feel those loving hugs,
And to hear, “I love you, Mom.”

You always made time to share
And time to give,
As you were doing the night the drunk driver
so violently took your life.
You left treasured memories
for your short stay on earth,
those memories will be treasured
until we meet at Heaven’s Gate,
And you, Jim Dear, will say,
“Welcome Home, Mom.”

Love you forever and always

Mom

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Cpl. James Edward Dedrick
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