Const. Tristan Kettles was the kind of guy who was always there for his community.
Peel Regional Police have been “rocked” by the car crash death of a “popular” and “much loved” copper.
“Just an awesome young man and a terrific police officer,” said Paul Black, president of the Peel Regional Police Association. “He would come to help at a drop of a hat.”
And not just during working hours.
“If you needed a piper he was there,” said Black. “He sure could play those bag pipes. He wanted to contribute. Just two months I ago, I was at an event with him and shook his hand and thanked him again for all the things he did for people.”
Kettles, from 11 Division, was killed early Saturday in a car accident with two others at 3 a.m. on Lake Shore Rd., near Avonhead Rd.
“It was people from his own division who had a good shift but had to end it with something like this,” said Black. “They are all very upset.”
Kettles, just four years on the job, was not on duty at the time. The second man killed in the crash had applied to become a Halton Regional Police officer.
“It’s still unclear to us where they were or who was driving,” said Black of the crash that also left another person injured.
Toronto Police has taken over the investigation. It’s the right since Peel are too close to this one.
“Tristan is very much loved by the service and it’s members,” said Black. “He was just in his mid 20s but had made such an impact. It’s such a tragedy.”
Tristan grew up with Peel Police. His father is well-respected Staff-Sgt. James Kettles, who was beaming with delight when his son graduated and joined the police in 2014.
“The flags will now fly at half-mast out of respect for our fallen friend,” said Chief Jennifer Evans in a statement.
Those flags are flying half way down the pole all throughout Peel today — not just at the police stations but at schools and on municipal buildings, too.
“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we learn of the death of one of our fellow officers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and both other families impacted by this tragic event,” Evans said.
Black says Tristan’s immediately family are overcome with grief of this terrible tragedy.
“His police family is suffering on this loss, too,” he said.