Edmonton officers killed: Const. Travis Jordan remembered as ‘loyal friend’
As grief mounts in Edmonton, a day after two city police officers were shot and killed on the job, a town in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley is also reeling.
Const. Travis Jordan, one of the slain officers, grew up in Coldbrook, NS
His friends say they are in disbelief after speaking hours before his death.
“He was senselessly killed in the line of duty,” Brody Sampson said. “Travis was the most devoted husband, the most loyal friend, [and a] a wonderful son to his parents.”
They say Jordan was the glue that held their group of friends together.
“He was the most private person you could ever meet,” Paul Cyr said. “The guy would give you the shirt off his back. It’s a pity that not everyone could recognize him.”
Jordan graduated from Central Kings High School and pursued his dream of becoming a police officer. He and his wife Annie moved to Edmonton over eight years ago.
“Annie is and has been the love of her life,” Sampson said. “He was so loyal to Annie and loved her so much. “Every decision he made was about Annie.”
Jordan and Const. Brett Ryan was killed Thursday while responding to a domestic dispute at an Edmonton apartment complex. When officers approached the unit in question, a 16-year-old youth got out and opened fire, police said.
The police say they did not have time to return fire.
“He wasn’t given a fair fight,” Sampson said.
Jordan’s friends describe him as extremely literate.
“[He was] athletic. He was very fast, and he was often one of the fastest in all the drills,” Sampson said.
Multiple police sources tell CTV News Edmonton that the teenager who shot the officers was involved in a shooting at Pizza Hut a few days earlier.
Jordan’s family is now going to Edmonton. Two of his friends say they will likely follow up in the coming days.
“He will definitely be missed by his friends and family,” Cyr said.
“Me, Brody, Darcy, and all his friends here will make sure that his mother, Judy, and his stepfather, Hubert, and [his] sister Sheena and all her friends and family are going to support and look after them.”
Jordan’s friends tell CTV News Atlantic they have been in contact with the Edmonton Police Department and his chaplain. Decisions are being made regarding the police march in Edmonton.
A police march was held in Coldbrook on Thursday.
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