A Victoria police officer who has been in a coma since an on-duty motor vehicle accident in 1987 has passed away.
Const. Ian Jordan was 35 when the crash occurred and has been in a coma until his passing on Wednesday night.
Jordan was responding to a potential break-and-enter in progress on Fort Street when his vehicle collided with another VicPD cruiser at the intersection of Douglas and Fisgard.
According to the Times Colonist, Jordan was at the old VicPD headquarters on Fisgard Street and about to be heading home that night to his wife, Hilary, and 16-month-old son Mark.
But when the call came in, he responded. The officer who was in the other vehicle, Sgt. Ole Jorgensen, suffered a serious leg injury in the collision.
Jordan suffered a permanent brain injury which left him quadriplegic and in a vegetative state.
The crash resulted in the creation of a “trauma team,” which helps officers and staff after traumatic incidents.
This team is now an essential component of how VicPD assists its officers and staff after traumatic incidents of all kinds.
VicPD are planning a funeral with full police honours. Details will be announced at a later date.
A funeral with full police honours is being planned, and details will be announced once they are known.