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Friends remember West Van police officer who died after going into cardiac arrest at headquarters
West Vancouver Police lost a veteran officer who died after he was found in cardiac arrest at the department's headquarters last Monday.
An ambulance was called when Police K9 officer Cst. Louis Beglaw, 50, was found unresponsive while on duty.
"He has some extremely close friends within the department… It's been a very difficult week," said Cst. Jeff Palmer, adding he leaves behind his wife Sarah, their young son and daughter and his service dog Capone.
Cst. Beglaw joined the WVPD in 2003 after a military career that culminated with service as the deputy commanding officer of the Royal Westminster Regiment of the Canadian Army Reserve. Before that he worked with Canada Border Services.
Graduating from JIBC Police Academy Class #98 in 2004, Cst. Beglaw is remembered as a "a very dedicated officer" who went through extensive training to became a police service dog handler in 2007.
Photos show Cst. Beglaw had a close relationship with Capone, a qualified drug detection dog.
"From talking with him, you knew he was very dedicated to his family and a nice guy to work with. Although — from a military background — he was very strong on proper trainer, proper procedures," said Palmer.
Chief Cst. Peter Lepine echoed this sentiment, saying Beglaw "defined every single core value that our department stands for."
Friends and family wrote messages on a Facebook page dedicated to Beglaw, calling him a "good friend" and a "brave man" with a "quick witty sense of humour and incredible patience." They posted dozens of photos of Beglaw working with Capone, mentioning the german shepherd will mourn him deeply as well.
A memorial service will be held at Queen's Park Arena in New Westminster on Sept. 27 at 12:30 p.m.