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Thousands of police officers gather in Guelph to pay tribute to constable killed in crash

Police officers line up as the hearse carrying the casket of Const. Jennifer Kovach drives along the funeral route in Guelph, Ont., on Thursday, March 21, 2013.


Thousands of police officers from across Ontario have gathered in Guelph, Ont., to pay tribute to a policewoman killed in the line of duty last week.

Guelph police Const. Jennifer Kovach, 26, died a week ago today when her cruiser crossed the centre line and collided with a Guelph Transit bus.

She was responding to another officer's call for assistance at the time.

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A public funeral is to begin shortly at the Sleeman Centre arena, where thousands have gathered after a police procession through the city`s streets.

Flags are flying at half mast across the province.

Guelph's police chief has described Kovach as a vibrant and dynamic woman who fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a police officer.

She was the daughter of Gloria Kovach, a longtime city councillor and former president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The Police Association of Ontario said the constable made the ultimate sacrifice to keep her community and coworkers safe.

"We celebrate her life and her commitment to the community and profession she served," the association's president, Dave McFadden, said in a statement.

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