CORNWALL, Ontario – Cornwall police officers went to work today with a heavy heart, after learning of the death of Const. Michael Robillard in a car accident Sunday.
Robillard was with the Cornwall Community Police Service a few years, before transferring to the Ottawa force about four years ago.
Robillard was 32. Social media lit up Sunday night, as many Cornwall police officers paid tribute to their fallen comrade.
“Lost a brother in blue tonight, you will be greatly missed,” Dave MacLean, a member of the Cornwall service and president of the police union, posted on Facebook. “Our thoughts and prayers are with your family through this tragic time. Rest in peace.”
Cornwall police chief Dan Parkinson was equally sombre in his reflections on Robillard.
“Mike will be sorely missed by anyone who had the pleasure of working with him,” said Parkinson. “His positive personal and work demeanor left an impression on many of us.”
The crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday on 8th Line Road, just south of Parkway Road, northeast of Greely, said police.
Robillard, had been on his way to work in his Honda when it collided with a Dodge van.
Robillard progressed through the police ranks, and was a detective in Ottawa’s east division.
Robillard had about 10 years of policing experience.
The cause of the crash is not yet known.