Their son may have lost his life, but Pierre and Biddy O’Keefe want to help ensure nobody else loses theirs.
The parents of the RCMP Corporal Trevor O’Keefe, who took his own life last year, donated a defibrillator to the Burnt Cove-Bauline-St. Michael’s Community Centre recently.
The device comes by way of an initiative to support fallen first responders by Canada’s 911 Ride, which selected O’Keefe because of his community-focused volunteer work.
Pierre and Biddy selected the Southern Shore community centre to receive the equipment in order to keep it close to where the late RCMP officer grew up.
A plaque accompanying the defibrillator reads, “The life saving ‘Mikey’ defibrillator was dedicated to the memory of RCMP Cpl. Trevor O'Keefe by his loving family, friends and riders of the Canada's 911 Ride, Atlantic region, so he may continue to serve his community.”
O'Keefe died Sept. 11 at age 47. His death by suicide highlighted the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — a serious issue that many police officers and other first responders deal with.
It shocked many and started a conversation about how to better deal with PTSD and provide the supports needed to first responders.