In November of 2017, a popular and long-standing member of the Abbotsford Police Department, Constable John Davidson, was killed in the line of duty. This tragic act of violence shocked the community and left hundreds of law enforcement officials mourning the life of a dedicated police officer.
Assistant General Manager James Grant from the First Transit location in Abbotsford, British Columbia, received a call days later asking for assistance in shuttling thousands of First Responders and police officers from across North America and Great Britain for the funeral.
Days prior, during and after John’s funeral, the location provided free shuttle service for the attendees from each of the international airports, as well as to and from local communities and hotels.
Logistically, the request for service meant transporting thousands of additional customers, modifying routes to accommodate road closures due to the funeral procession and still maintaining normal route operations.
“James and his team work tirelessly,” said area vice president Bob Allen. “He gave up his weekend and worked late into the night for days planning this event. James and his staff are to be commended for their community spirit and commitment to our guiding principle of being Supportive of Each Other.”
This week, Chief Bob Rich from the Abbotsford Police department visited the location to acknowledge the incredible work they did and to present a plaque of appreciation to James. Several team members were on hand for the award presentation.
Thank you for your help, collaboration and compassion in being a “rock of support” for this community. Your actions speak with such eloquence of our Commitment to our Customers.