At his burial on Wednesday, Const. Andrew Hong was remembered as a kind and hardworking public servant who cherished his relationships with his family, friends, and coworkers.
Toronto Police Services Board Chair Jim Hart addressed Hong’s family, saying, “Along with your countless beloved colleagues and friends, the hearts of Torontonians break alongside yours as we join you in mourning this exceptional police officer, wonderful man and honoring us incredible dedication, along with his supreme sacrifice.”
The burial for Hong, a Toronto police officer who was fatally shot in Mississauga last week, is being attended by thousands of policemen from other police services throughout the continent.
“Although we cannot share in the depths of sorrow and sadness that Andrew’s loved ones feel we can all share in the work to uphold his legacy,” Toronto police Chief James Ramer said.
Tearing up, Ramer recalled reading the social media tribute posted by Hong’s daughter Mia after he “shared the horrific news” with the family.
“I am not alone when I say that I read her words with great difficulty and heartbreak. And most of all, with astonishment, astonishment for her bravery, spirit and love. I know I am not alone when I say that it will carry the words she wrote with me for the rest of my life.”
Premier Doug Ford said that “like many officers, we were told that Andrew was made of steel on the outside, but had a heart of gold on the inside.”
The entire city is grieving along with the Hong family, Mayor John Tory said.
“I told Jenny and Mia and Alex yesterday when I met them and the rest of their family, that I was certain that all 3 million people who live in the city would have come to visit if they could have and I know that they are here in spirit and in support today,” Tory said.
A parade of officers and dignitaries lined up to pay tribute to Hong, who was lauded as a dedicated cop who loved being a member of the motor squad and brought an outsized personality to match his large stature.
“To the Hong family, please know that we’ll always be there for you. Lean on us, count on us. Just like we leaned and counted on Honger,” said Hong’s friend and Traffic Services Acting Supt. Matthew Moyer.