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RESERVE INSPECTOR STAN TRENTHAM

Stan TrenthamIt was September 16, 1963, and the BC Lions were playing an evening game against the Montreal Alouettes at Empire Stadium in Hastings Park. Vancouver Police Reserve Inspector Stan Trentham was directing traffic, which was common for Reserve VPD officers. There was heavy traffic and Trentham was stationed at Windermere and E. Hastings Street. He was standing in the middle of the intersection, as his training dictated, wearing his full uniform, an orange reflective vest, and holding a flashlight with a red lens.

It was a clear night, with good artificial lighting, and even though the traffic was heavy, it was slow-moving.

Just after 8:00, Trentham was suddenly struck by an eastbound vehicle. Estimated to be travelling at 35 mph, the vehicle carried him 80 feet before stopping. Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle, a late model car, stop further along east on Hastings. The driver got out and looked around, then got back in and drove away.

Reserve Inspector Trentham died at the scene. He was 49 years old.

The driver, accompanied by his lawyer, turned himself in at the Vancouver Police station at 475 Main Street the next day. He admitted to being the driver and was charged with hit-and-run.

Stan Trentham was the type of man who loved life, always had a smile on his face, and made the best of any situation. As a young man, he served as a Seaforth Highlander and was in the honour guard for the visit of Queen Elizabeth and King George the Fifth in 1939. He worked as a tram conductor for BC Trams on the Vancouver to Marpole route, and as a toll collector on the Oak Street Bridge. He was a Reserve officer with the Vancouver Police Department for six years.

Stan Trentham: police officer, husband, father, son.

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