RCMP will be conducting a Red Serge service for Corporal Trevor O’Keefe who died this week after a battle with PTSD.
The 47-year-old will be laid to rest on Friday from Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Bay Bulls at 2:00 p.m.
Staff Sergeant Boyd Merrill with the Holyrood Detachment worked closely with O’Keefe for many years. He says O’Keefe was proud to be a member of the RCMP, but like many officers, struggled with some of the things he had to deal with first-hand.
When O’Keefe was an officer on Bell Island he investigated a fire that claimed the lives of three children—something Merrill says had a profound effect on Trevor and other first responders.
Staff Sergeant Merrill says Trevor’s passing has shaken the RCMP across the province and he will be honoured by his fellow officers.
He says the force has lost an icon. He described O’Keefe as caring and compassionate—someone who understood the law and knew how to apply it by using his discretion and making sure he understood all the facts. He calls that ability “legendary.”
He says the force is hurting, but O’Keefe will have a “sea of Red Serge” to pay their respects to his family for his outstanding service.