On Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 a park at the corner of John St and Robert St in Turner Valley became known as Perdue Park.
Cst. Jeremy Perdue was a loyal father and dedicated member of the RCMP Turner Valley Detachment. He was also a Turner Valley resident and only 35-years-old. Jeremy had served and protected Canadians for years as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and had been attached to the Turner Valley Detachment for the last six years.
In the spring of 2015 Jeremy was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia and for months he underwent severe chemotherapy whilst waiting for a stem cell donor. Unfortunately, after receiving a bone marrow transplant early in 2016 he passed away on April 29th.
Jeremy joined the RCMP on September 26th, 2005 and joined the Turner Valley Detachment in 2009. He is survived by his wife Kira and young children Dallas, William, Carys, James and Tierny.
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The Town of Turner Valley’s Mayor, Kelly Tuck, opened the dedication ceremony. The park has been dedicated In Memory of Jeremy for his outstanding commitment to the community. Mayor Tuck said, “He was passionate, caring, loving and committed to giving. He was a man that we should all strive to be.”
Red Surge on guard
Cpl. Tiffany McGregor and Cst. Larry McDonald wore their Regimental Uniforms in a heartfelt and touching tribute to the memory of their colleague.
The photograph to the right was taken at the Regimental Ball last September, yet another memory of the camaraderie felt by every member of Jeremy’s RCMP family.
Almost all of these Members of the RCMP Turner Valley Detachment plus several members from other Detachments were present for the dedication. Southern Alberta District Chief Superintendant Tony Hamori was also in attendance and said a few kind words in memory of Jeremy and to his family. Members of the Fire Department and the area’s Peace Officers added to the uniforms present.
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As Mayor Tuck commented, “The generosity and commitment that I’ve personally witnessed with the residents of Turner Valley, the many volunteers, and community members that never seek any recognition… they go about volunteering or working to ensure we live in, and work in, a safe community. Jeremy was one of those people he went about doing his day-to-day business serving and protecting each one of us, and I bet today he’s looking down at us wondering what the fuss is about .”
The ribbon cutting
Chief Superintendant Hamori and Mayor Tuck held the red ribbon for Jeremy’s wife, Kira Perdue, to cut and the park officially became Perdue Park,
The weather turned sunny and the cloudless, blue sky was the perfect backdrop for all the red and white balloons that were released in unison. Donuts, cake, and drinks followed the balloon release as the many children present ran around enjoying Perdue Park.