Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Announcing Two Meet a Vet Saturdays at The OPP Museum

Orillia, ON (Corporate Communications - The OPP Museum) Friends of The OPP Museum, in partnership with The OPP Museum, are pleased to present two “Meet our Veterans Days”. On Saturday, July 5 and Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 11 am - 2 pm, drop by the Museum to meet and talk with OPP Vets about their journeys in policing.

On Saturday, July 5 there will be five OPP retirees joining us at the Museum. Beloved Orillian Retired Senior Constable Neil Hurtubise will be among our honoured guests.

Hurtubise is well known to many for both his community volunteering and as the officer who was shot four times in 1981 by the men who had already killed Provincial Constable Richard Verdecchia.

Retired Staff Sergeant Ron Allen and his wife Sharon will also be on hand to share many stories from his time working undercover and with the Intelligence Bureau.

Retired Inspector and current OPP Veterans’ Association President Bob Arbour and former Provincial Constable Liz Arbour will be joining us. They continue to work tirelessly in support of fellow retired members and in support of the museum.

Retired Communications Operator Yolanda Sunnerton is also looking forward to sharing stories from her 36 years with OPP Records and as a 9-1-1 call taker and dispatcher.

The OPP Museum offers a unique perspective on the history of policing in Ontario. The current exhibit, Behind the Badge – The Story of the Ontario Provincial Police – invites visitors to explore more than 100 years of proud policing tradition.  Through all new displays, Behind the Badge examines what life was like in the early days of the force for officers and their families; explores OPP driven developments in investigation and forensic science; showcases uniform and insignia styles, and recognizes significant milestones in the organization’s development.

Kids are invited to put on a puppet show at the community theatre, solve the crime at the forensics worktables, read about what police officers do and engage in the many policing themed games and activities.
Visitors are encouraged to try on a uniform for size and pause for a photo in the locker room.  And don’t forget the vintage vehicles also on display including the fully restored 1931 Henderson motorcycle (the oldest original OPP vehicle); Car 1, a 1941 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe cruiser, and Temagami – the OPP’s first patrol boat which was launched in 1949.

Bring your family and friends and see what it’s all about – Behind the Badge!

Museum hours of operation on these dates will be 10am-4pm. Museum regular hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30.

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