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Guelph ON Police Dept. Patch
Resided: Guelph ON, Canada
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Mar. 14, 2013
Race/Sex: Caucasian Female / 26 yrs. of age
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Dept: Guelph Police Dept.
Guelph, ON   Canada
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Constable
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Crash
Weapon Class: Vehicle
On The Job: 4 years
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location:   Guelph, ON   Canada   Thu. Mar. 14, 2013
Summary: Constable Jennifer Kovach was killed when her patrol car collided with a transit bus on Imperial Road South, shortly after 12:30 am.

She was responding to assist at another call when her patrol car crossed the center line and collided with the bus. She was transported to Guelph General Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

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A young woman who fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a police officer was killed Thursday when she apparently lost control of her cruiser and crashed into a bus.

Guelph Police Const. Jennifer Kovach, 26, was a vibrant, gregarious and dynamic woman with a sense of adventure, Police Chief Bryan Larkin said.

'I cannot say enough about what an incredible human being she was,' he said at a press conference.

'There are no words to express our sorrow. There are no words to express our sadness.'

Kovach was responding to a call when her cruiser hit a Guelph Transit bus shortly after 12:30 a.m.

The bus had no passengers at the time and the driver, who had only minor injuries, provided 'significant care' to Kovach, but after firefighters managed to extract her from her cruiser and she was taken to hospital, she was pronounced dead, Larkin said.

There was a light snowfall at the time and investigators are looking into whether road conditions were a factor, Larkin said.

'Const. Kovach was responding to a call for service in assisting another officer with a frontline call,' he said.

'Regrettably, we believe [she] lost control of her cruiser and crossed the centre line and struck a transit bus.'

Kovach, who loved her dogs and riding motorcycles, was at the start of a promising career, fulfilling her childhood dream to be a police officer, Larkin said.

'I think that from a perspective of the chief, one of the greatest challenges is to see somebody with so much potential, with so much energy, taken from us so soon,' he said.

'If you talk to the members of her platoon…. Jennifer didn’t come to work, she came to make a difference in the city of Guelph. She came to touch the people of the city of Guelph and she came to actually give back.'

Kovach had been with the force for four years.

Her family likely instilled in her the value of public service, Larkin said. Kovach was the daughter of Gloria Kovach, a longtime city councillor and former president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Mayor Karen Farbridge expressed her condolences to the Kovach family in a statement Thursday morning.

'There are no words that can adequately express our sorrow over their tragic loss,' she wrote.

'We also recognize this is a very difficult time for our Guelph Police Service who have lost a member of their service. We would like to express our gratitude for their brave service, and assure them that Constable Kovach will always be remembered for her sacrifice to keep our community safe.'

Kovach is the third officer to die in the line of duty in the history of the Guelph Police Service, and the only one since 1964.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she was deeply saddened to hear of Kovach’s death.

'She was so young, with such a promising career ahead of her and her presence will be missed on the job and throughout her community,' Wynne said in a statement.

'Ontario owes a debt of gratitude to Const. Kovach and all of our police officers, who do so much to serve and protect the people of this province.'

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Family members of Constable Jennifer Kovach are sharing memories and are saying thank you to friends, strangers and emergency workers including her father’s former EMS partner, who responded to the scene of the fatal crash early Thursday morning.

Kovach’s father Bill and other family members made a statement through Guelph Police this weekend.

They’re remembering Jennifer as kind, energetic and devoted to life. They are devastated by the loss.

Kovach’s father Bill is a retired paramedic and in the statement he thanks his former EMS partner Paul who responded to the scene.

They also thanked the emergency, police, fire and hospital workers for their efforts and the Guelph Transit driver for comforting and supporting Jennifer in spite of the driver’s own injuries.

In the statement, Kovach’s brother Brian describes her as ‘the glue’ that kept the family together. They say she was looking forward to being an aunt to the baby girl named Paige, born the same night Constable Kovach died.

They add that her giving spirit is evident even in death because she had signed her organ donor card.

Visitation for Constable Kovach will be on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20 at 2p-4p and 7p-9p at Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home and Chapel on Gordon Street in Guelph. Her funeral is Thursday, March 21 at the Sleeman Centre at 11:30 a.m.

Read more: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/family-remembers-constable-jennifer-kovach-1.1199492#ixzz2NtO4N9Py

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