Heroic Leask 2

Here’s another pilfered story taken from http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Retired+Vancouver+awarded+French+Legion+Honour/10752737/story.html

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Retired Vancouver police officer Edward Clarence Leask, 90, has been awarded the French Legion of Honour for his role in World War II. Leask received the medal in a ceremony at the Vancouver Police Department headquarters.

A retired Vancouver police officer has been awarded the French Legion of Honour for his role in World War II.

Ninety-year-old Edward Clarence Leask received the medal in a ceremony at the Vancouver Police Department headquarters.

“Retired constable Ed Leask has made a legacy of serving Canadians and the residents of Vancouver,” said Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu.

“We are very proud to have witnessed his reception of this prestigious award as he joins a distinguished group of veterans who have been recognized for their efforts in liberating France.”

Leask joined the Regina Rifle Regiment at age 17 after leaving his job as a band saw operator in a Saskatchewan box factory. He fought for the liberation of France from German occupation and landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in 1944.

When his tour ended in 1945, Leask temporarily returned to his job at the box factory, but by 1946 he had moved to Vancouver, where he worked for the Hammond Furniture Company.

He joined the VPD as a constable in 1951 and served for 28 years.

22nd January 2015