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Saskatoon police officer given award for tribute to homeless man

January 10, 2014 - 1:50 PM

SASKATOON - A Saskatoon police officer has been recognized by a U.S.-based online magazine for a heartfelt tribute he wrote last spring to a homeless man.

Alvin Cote abused alcohol and lived on the streets, but over the years became friends with Const. Derek Chesney and other police officers.

Cote died last April and Chesney wrote a story about him on the official police blog Cops and Bloggers.

Online magazine Slate picked up on the touching story and recently gave Chesney its Most Valuable Cop award.

Chesney says he remembers Cote for his big heart and his ability to laugh no matter what the situation.

Slate says Chesney's written tribute to the homeless man is a reminder that — quote — "cops can be as soft-hearted as anyone else."

Chesney began his tribute by writing: "In my line of work, it’s not often that you can arrest somebody on multiple occasions and end up being friends with them. But such was the case with Alvin."

He went on to tell how Cote suffered years of abuse as a child at a residential school, how he was arrested again and again for public drunkenness and how police officers came to look out for him and buy him a burger whenever they could.

"It brings a tear to my eye to think of the bad things that happened to Alvin in his past to push him to lead the life that he led, but ... I do hope that he will find peace wherever he now may be," Chesney's blog concluded.

"Farewell my friend, you will be missed by many."

(CJWW, The Canadian Press)

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