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Orléans-area high school grad killed while on duty in Northern Quebec
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Garneau high school grad Steve Dery was killed while on duty in the northern Quebec community of Kuujjuaq. Family handout

Friends and family of Orléans-area high school grad Steve Dery are grieving his death after he was killed in the line of duty while serving on a regional police force in the far north of Quebec.

Dery, 27, was responding to a domestic disturbance call in Kuujjuaq, Quebec when he and his partner were fired upon after getting out of their patrol car.

The two men were taken to hospital where Dery died from his wounds. His partner is still listed in critical, but stable condition.

The disturbance turned into a 17-hour standoff between members of the Kativik Regional Police Force, the Surété du Quebec and a 17-year-old male suspect who barricaded himself in the house. Police eventually gained access to the home where they found the deceased man who apparently shot himself.

The Kativik Regional Police Force was created in 1996 to serve communities in Nunavik, which comprises the northern third of the province. Kuujjuaq, the largest Inuit community in the region, is located about 1,600 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

Dery’s cousin, Hélène Sauvageau, who was acting as a spokesperson for the family, described him as "a good man with a big heart".

“We all loved Steve. It’s a shock,” Sauvageau told the Ottawa Sun. “Steve was the nicest guy.”

Speaking from Quebec City, Sauvageau said funeral plans have not been made yet.

A book of condolences has been set up on the Ottawa Ctiizen obituary page. One of the first posts was from Prime Minister Stephen Harper who wrote, "My condolences to the friends and family of Steve Dery, the young police officer who lost his life in the line of duty in Kuujjuaq."

Dery attended Ecole secondaire catholique Garneau and was a member of the Gloucester Griffins lacrosse club. He is survived by his brothers Ben and Mathieu, his father Gilles and mother Celine.

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