T3PS mourns passing of Dian Green, Honourary Junior Chief of Police
(Kenora) – It is with deep sorrow that T3PS has learned the passing of Dian Green, a 12-year-old Honourary Junior Chief of Police of T3PS. Dian passed away this morning at 8:40 A.M. surrounded by family. Born June 20, 2009, Dian Sidney Green (Waabskaa Pizhew) lived in Winnipeg with his mom Rachel, stepfather, and siblings.
Treaty Three Police Service had the honour of conducting a swearing-in ceremony for Dian Green this past fall. Green had been battling cancer since the age of two and it was a long-time dream of his to become a police officer like his grandfather T3PS Constable Gary Tom. Dian wore his full Honourary Junior Chief of Police uniform and badge once again while attending the swearing-in of new T3PS Recruits and Special Constables in October. He wore his badge regularly with pride outside of his Honourary Junior Chief of Police duties and will be missed by his T3PS family. “He was so proud of his badge. I want to thank the Service for making Dian’s dream come true. I was proud to patrol with him. Proud Papa moment” says Cst. Gary Tom. In honour of Dian Green all T3PS flags will be flown at half-mast.
When Dian was two years old he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma cancer which he overcame. Then at six years old he was diagnosed with Leukemia which he also beat. This year he was again diagnosed with cancer, this time Osteosarcoma cancer. Osteosarcoma (also called osteogenic sarcoma) is the most common type of cancer that starts in the bones and mostly affects children, teens and young adults.
During his treatment this year he got to virtually meet his hockey idol Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby. Dian and Crosby both have matching beaded medallions crafted by his mom as a result of this meeting.
The Treaty Three Police Service is a self-administered Policing entity under the First Nations Policing Program in Canada and is responsible for full policing duties spanning 55,000 square miles of the Greater Treaty Three Region in Northwestern Ontario. This includes approximately 20,000 residents in 23 First Nation Communities.