A bridge located at Brady Drive and Highway 11 in the Township of Severn has been officially dedicated in memory of fallen OPP Constable Ted E. R. Wickens who was killed in the line of duty.
On the evening of May 10, 1960, Constable Wickens was patrolling a section of Highway 11, in the Orillia area. A cement carrier travelling on Highway 11 lost a wheel that collided with the police cruiser that Wickens was driving. As a result of the collision, thirty-one year old Provincial Constable Wickens was killed.
Memorial signs with the officer’s name and police service crest have been posted at each side of the Brady Drive Bridge in his honour.
“I am grateful to Ontario police officers for their dedication in keeping our families and communities safe. This bridge dedication helps us remember the sacrifice made by Provincial Constable Ted E.R. Wickens.” – Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
“Constable Ted E.R. Wickens devotion to the community he served will not be forgotten by all those who travel the Ontario Bridge. He made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the safety of his fellow Ontarians and his heroism will always be remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues and those travelling over Canal Road in Township of Severn.” – Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“Provincial Constable Wickens served and protected the citizens of Ontario. Remembering this officer at this bridge dedication helps us honour his courageous and selfless dedication to the Ontario Provincial Police.” – J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police
- Since 2002, Ontario has permitted bridges and other highway structures to be dedicated in memory of fallen police officers.
- Seventy-two provincial highway structures have been dedicated in honour of fallen police officers.