Constable Heidi Stevenson was a married mother of two that worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for over 23 years. She was killed during the mass shooting in Nova Scotia on Sunday. The suspected shooter, Gabriel Wortman, died on Sunday at the Enfield N.S gas station located northwest of downtown Halifax. While police have not said exactly how many people were killed or wounded during the 12-hour incident, but numerous buildings and vehicles caught fire during the pursuit of the suspect. Nova Scotia’s authorities said the killings occurred in multiple locations across the northern part of the province of Nova Scotia.
Heidi Stevenson Biography
Stevenson had grown up in Nova Scotia, said Brian Sauve, president of the National Police Association. She left behind a husband, Dean Stevenson, who is a high school teacher, and two children, a girl and a boy aged 10 and 13. Sauve told Reuters that Stevenson, “had an infectious personality, a fantastic smile, was full of life, loved what she did.
The gunman that Killed Heidi Stevenson
People that know the gunman say that Wortman owned a successful denture clinic in Dartmouth and had a strong interest in RCMP and RCMP memorabilia. The chief Superintendent Chris Leather said that he was not aware that Worman had a history of violence or extremist political views and that there did not appear to be anything linking the victims to each other. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said she believed the gunman had an initial “motivation” that “turned to randomness” according to CBC News. The police provided few details about how the suspected gunman died. At a press conference on Monday, Mr. Trudeau celebrated the first responders at the scene in Nova Scotia but did not name Wortman. “Do not give him the infamy” he so wanted, the prime minister said. Heid Stevenson was among at least 19 people killed, including the gunman, in the weekend massacre.
Heidi Stevenson Career
Stevenson worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for over 23 years.
Heidi Stevenson Tributes
Friends, family, members of the Nova Scotia community, and the international community paid tribute to the fallen soldier on Sunday. Key among them is RCMP Corporal Kerry Shirma that tweeted, “You served so incredibly well, sister. RIP Cst. Heidi Stevenson, hero.
You served so incredibly well, sister. RIP Cst. Heidi Stevenson, hero. pic.twitter.com/vp6KwEkCyg
— Cpl. Kerry Shima (@KerryShima_RCMP) April 19, 2020
In Stevenson’s memory, all the flags in Amherst will be lowered to half-mast in her honor.
Stevenson also inspired a 6-year-old Dutch girl 20 years ago, “the way she looked, the way she dressed, the way she behaved, it was all very majestic to me and it felt like talking to an actual hero”. Said Mara Wienke who is now 25, to CBC’s information morning. Immediately after the incident, and Mara Wienke saw a photo of Const. Heidi Stevenson, she recognized her immediately despite living across the Atlantic. A photo of the RCMP officer hung in the Dutch Woman’s childhood bedroom, a source of inspiration and a reminder of their memorable meeting 20 years ago.
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Wienke was six years old when the two met at an event in her hometown of Apeldoorn in 2000 to Mark the community’s liberation by Canadian troops during the Second World War. She remembers being drawn to Stevenson, who looked like a superhero dressed in her bright red mountie uniform. The two did not speak the same language, but Wienke said that did not stop Stevenson from taking time to kneel down so she could communicate with her at eye level.” In a long letter to the Stevensons family, that was shared widely on Facebook, she wrote that there was no words in Dutch or English to do justice to the pain. ”
Heidi was a shining role model wherever she went. The following is a touching message from Mara Wienke from The Netherlands (25 now, but who was just 6 years old when she met Heidi in Apeldoorn in 2000)
To Heidi’s loved ones,
Neither the Dutch nor the English language can equip us with words that do justice to any of this. Heidi touched people’s lives all over the world, and as a testament to that, I would like to let you know about the lasting impact of meeting her in 2000. Heidi visited my hometown along with her RCMP colleagues, including Mark Kay, to take part in the celebration of the Canadians’ liberation of Apeldoorn. Heidi was the only woman in an RCMP uniform there, and in my six-year-old eyes, she was a badass superhero. As my father was organizing some of the commemorative events, my family ran into her several times, and she made me feel seen despite our language barrier. She handed me a card with her picture on it, which I pinned onto a cork board in my room, and it remained there throughout my teenage years as a source of inspiration. Her charisma and radiating joy were undoubtedly what drew me to her, and surely many other kids and adults. She will continue to be remembered fondly on this side of the ocean, forever the hero I believed she was when I met her.
We have found some pictures of meeting her in Apeldoorn in 2000 and have shared these with Mark Kay. Please do not feel any obligation to respond. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Love from The Netherlands, also on behalf of my family,
Heidi Stevenson also received tributes from Sarah Bass who said all it took for her to become an RCMP officer was to meet Heidi Stevenson. Bass now an RCMP constable in Newfoundland, was a third-year university student in Halifax and part of a group of four people who were sent to rent a house when she met Stevenson”
“We showed up at the house to sign the lease and it was Heidi’s house, she was the landlord. She walked in wearing a uniform and it was this bright, bubbly person walking through the house. I remember being thrown off by it,” Bass said on Monday.
“She was my landlord and on top of that … I realized that there was this awesome career according to Heidi, which was the RCMP. She basically sold it, it was like she showed up at the house to sell a product.” Bass also added that RCMP was not her lifelong dream, and she had never been the little girl wanting to be a police officer as she was at the time planning to do a Ph.D. in psychology. Then she met the woman who was to become her mentor and her inspiration.
The National Police Federation President Brian Sauve said the following on Stevenson’s death, ”
“Our hearts are heavy with grief and sadness today as we have lost one of our own. Our thoughts go out to our member’s family and friends. Our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the Members involved in the manhunt and the timely resolution to this violent attack. Your efforts and selflessness in this situation are heroic, invaluable, and have kept others in the community safe.”