Books of Condolence Available at City Hall for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent 

For Immediate Release
10/23/2014 
Contact: Robin Matthews-Osmond, Executive Assistant to the Mayor 
Phone: 519-759-4150 

In recognition of the untimely passing of Canadian Armed Forces Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, books of condolence are available in the Max Sherman Foyer at Brantford City Hall. Written sympathies from the citizens of Brantford will be provided to the families of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.

Flags at City Hall have been lowered to half-mast in honour of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.

Cpl. Cirillo, 24, was a reservist from Hamilton serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada regiment, who was shot on October 22, 2014 while on honorary guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial, Ottawa. Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed after being struck in a hit-and-run attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

“On behalf of the Brantford City Council and the City of Brantford, I wish to express sincere condolences to the families of Cpl. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent," stated Mayor Chris Friel. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends at this difficult time.”

In an effort to ensure the continuing safety of residents of the City of Brantford, Mayor Chris Friel and Ted Salisbury, City of Brantford Chief Administrative Officer, met with City of Brantford Chief of Police, Geoff Nelson and Deputy Chief, Rob Dinner yesterday afternoon for a local risk assessment briefing. It is important to note that at this time, there are no imminent threats to public safety in Brantford, Ontario.

“The safety and security of all of our citizens is paramount. We must not let these tragedies divide us, or devolve into accusations and finger-pointing,” stated Mayor Friel. “Brantford is a strong Canadian city, and we will stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with all Canadians in the face of adversity.”

Brantford Police Services remain in constant communication and work collaboratively with our Provincial and Federal counterparts in an effort to remain vigilant. We ask that anyone who witnesses illegal or suspicious activities, or behaviours of concern, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 or RCMP at 1-800-420-5805.