Constable Ronald Pitt, the Morrisburg police officer shot and killed in the line of duty August 24, 1957, will likely be remembered with the dedication of the County Road 31 bridge over Highway 401.
Acting Sgt. Justin McKenna, with the SD&G OPP is overseeing the application to the Ministry of Transportation that allows for the naming of bridges on provincial highways in memory of police officers that have died in the line of duty.
Constable Ronald Pitt was shot by two gunmen as he approached a stolen vehicle in Morrisburg. Pitt never recovered from the injuries and those responsible were never apprehended.
Constable Pitt’s surviving next of kin, son Ronald Jr., who was only seven years old when his father died, lives in Scotland, and has given his blessing to the bridge dedication.
The next step in the application process is municipal approval, which was granted at the April 15, South Dundas council meeting.
The process is a long one and final approval rests with the Minister of Transportation.
Council commended McKenna for pursuing this dedication, saying that this recognition is long overdue and that naming this bridge would be a great way of showing respect for this fallen officer.
McKenna explained that this bridge was selected because, it was where one of the police checkpoints was set up when the crime occurred.
McKenna also asked council to consider a memorial plaque, in recognition of the fallen officer, somewhere near the waterfront, as the crime occurred in the old town, which is now underwater.