Constable Calvin Lamonte Byam Lethbridge Police Regimental #163 Killed in the Line of Duty – June 10, 1964 Constable Byam joined the Lethbridge Police on 16 July 1951 and served our city with distinction and Honour until he was killed on duty June 10, 1964. Cst Byam served in different sections within the Lethbridge police during his career including being one of the first officers to spend time in the local schools talking with kids. This was long before the existence of the SRO program that we have today. Cst Byam was truly a Pioneer for the SRO program. He also volunteered and dedicated his own time with youth groups throughout the city. In the spring of 1964 there was major flooding in Lethbridge, during that time there were people living in the river bottom that is now Indian Battle Park. There was concern that some of these people were in danger. Cst Byam was on horseback and was attempting to cross the river in order to retrieve people who were living in a hut on the island when the flood waters swept his horse and him away and he tragically died. Cal Byam left behind his wife Lorna (Quinton) and 7 children; Monta, Ronna, Flayne, Barry, Wade (Randy), Tari, and Kenneth
Acting Sergeant Paul Smith Lethbridge Police Regimental #56 Killed in the Line of Duty – June 10, 1913 A/Sgt Smith had joined the Lethbridge Police Service on 01 November 1912. A/Sgt Smith’s Policing career started with the North West Mounted Police on May 11 1909 at St. John, New Brunswick. His Regimental number at this time was 4885 and he was 27 years and 6 months. Smith served at Regina Saskatchewan and in Edmonton Alberta. Constable Smith purchased his discharge from the N.W.M.P. May 9th, 1912 at Fort Saskatchewan Alberta. Smith had apparently served in the South African (Boer) War. On his first day as Acting Sergeant on the Lethbridge Police force, Paul Smith, was struck down and killed early in the morning of the 10th of June 1913. A/Sgt Smith came into contact with an electric light wire, on the corner of Third Avenue and Ninth Street South in Lethbridge Alberta. It was understood that the light was out on the this morning and A/Sgt Smith attempted to turn it on again by shaking the chain, which is within reach from the ground. The chain came into contact with the bare portion of the wire and the circuit was instantly completed. A/Sgt Smith was on the ground, which was wet, making it a more ready conductor. Burn marks were noticeable on the palm of Smith’s right hand, on his feet and shoes, and the insulation of the wire ,close to where it had been rubbed bare. Acting Sergeant Smith was the first member of the Lethbridge Police Force to die in the line of duty, and also the first municipal police officer to die in the line of duty in the province of Alberta. Paul Smith was engaged to be married at the time of his death and left behind his fiancée, along with his father, brother and sister.