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Constable Paul Sanghera

Constable Paul SangheraIt was 1:00 in the morning of January 8,, 1982, when Constable Paul Sanghera and his partner were on patrol in East Vancouver. A recent snowfall had blanketed Vancouver’s roads, making them slippery and treacherous to drive.

The officers stopped to investigate an abandoned vehicle at the side of the road at E.57th Avenue and Argyle Street. They got out of their vehicle and Constable Sanghera opened the car’s door to look for the registration papers in the glovebox. As they stood beside the abandoned vehicle and discussed what to do, they decided Constable Sanghera would remain with the vehicle, while his partner returned to their squad car to call for a tow truck.

Suddenly, a pick-up truck came around the corner and lost control on the icy street, striking the abandoned vehicle and Constable Sanghera. The officer died immediately. He was only 22 years old, and had been a Vancouver Police officer for just over a year.

The driver was found not at fault and the collision was blamed on weather conditions.

Paul Sanghera grew up in Richmond and attended Richmond High School. He is remembered as a tenacious and keen athlete who enjoyed soccer and played on the Vancouver Police soccer team.

Every year in April, police officers and Vancouver high school students play in the Paul Sanghera Memorial Soccer Tournament, where they honour Constable Sanghera’s memory.

Paul Sanghera: police officer, son, brother.

VPD Remembers Paul Sanghera

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