Cpl. Andrew Harnett from military police (left) receives Commanding Officer’s Commendation from Lt.-Col. Allan Dengis at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 2007. Harnett, a sergeant with the Calgary Police Department, was killed on-duty Thursday, Dec. 31. (Wayne Emde Photo)

Cpl. Andrew Harnett from military police (left) receives Commanding Officer’s Commendation from Lt.-Col. Allan Dengis at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 2007. Harnett, a sergeant with the Calgary Police Department, was killed on-duty Thursday, Dec. 31. (Wayne Emde Photo)

Calgary cop killed on-duty has Vernon Army Camp connection

Sgt. Andrew Harnett worked for military police at summer training centre in 2007 and 2008

The Calgary police officer killed in the line of duty New Year’s Eve, allegedly by a pair of teenagers, spent two summers working closely with cadet youth in Vernon.

Andrew Harnett, 37, a sergeant with the Calgary Police Department, was killed just before 11 p.m. in northeast Calgary Thursday, Dec. 31, following a routine traffic stop of a vehicle. Police said Harnett was struck and dragged by an SUV that he had pulled over.

The two individuals in the SUV fled, but turned themselves into police the following day. The two males are 17 and 19 and have been charged with first-degree murder.

Harnett, a native of Hagersville, Ont., worked for the military police in Edmonton, which is how he came to the Vernon Army Cadet Camp in the summer of 2007.

“He was part of the regular force military police that supported the cadet camp,” recalled Lyle Johnson, Deputy Commanding Officer of the army camp in 2007. “He was a very positive, very happy guy who liked to be involved.

“He had this skill of understanding youth and could relate to the young people. Andrew related to them and talked to the kids, and they related to him. He was a friend and ally to those kids who were away from their homes.”

News of Harnett’s death devastated Johnson.

“Incredibly saddened,” he said. “He was such a good person. His death, the way it happened…what a waste. Senseless.”

Harnett was only to have spent one summer at the Vernon Army Camp, but when there was a personnel shortage the following year, 2008, Harnett happily volunteered to return and spent the final two weeks working at the camp.

He received a Commanding Officers Commendation from C.O. Lt.-Col. Allan Dengis for his part in a cooperative effort to nab three suspects in a Vernon robbery whose vehicle broke down near the army camp.

Harnett went on to spend 12 years with the Calgary Police Department.

He is survived by his wife, Chelsea, who is expecting the couple’s first child in the summer of 2021.

READ MORE: 2 charged in murder of Calgary cop appear in court, to stay in custody for bail hearing

READ MORE: Calgary police officer struck, killed during traffic on New Year’s Eve; suspect at large



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

DeathPolice

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A proposed development would see two four-storey apartment buildings erected on Adair Street in Armstrong, next to the Nor-Val Arena. (Google Maps)
‘Affordable’ apartments hot topic in Armstrong

Public hearing to reconvene next Monday to hear out residents’ concerns about rezoning greenspace

Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse on staff at the Northwood Care facility, administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Ann Hicks, 77, in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool
61 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

Twenty-nine people are in hospital, seven of whom are in intensive care

A cow moose wanders around the Silver Star Elementary School neighbourhood Tuesday, Jan. 19. (Contributed)
Moose chases two people near Vernon school

Conservation and dog control attending to the situation

Responding to recent cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Shuswap schools, School District 83 Superintendent Peter Jory has asked staff and the public to be vigilant when it comes to the practice of good behaviours that help prevent the virus’ spread. (File photo)
COVID-19: North Okanagan-Shuswap school communities asked be vigilant

Superintendent Peter Jory responds to increasing COVID-19 numbers at schools.

A preliminary layout concept of Vernon’s new city centre park. Bidding opportunities are open until Feb. 5, 2021. (City of Vernon photo)
Bidding open for design of Vernon’s city centre park

City requests proposals for design services after more than 1,000 residents submit feedback

Charlotte is one of the resident pigs at Star's Piggly Wiggly's Sanctuary near Kelowna. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Kelowna-area pig sanctuary needs a new home

Star’s Piggly Wiggly’s Sanctuary is looking for properties in Vernon, Coldstream, and Enderby

(Stock photo)
EDITORIAL: COVID-19 restrictions continue to affect us all

Canada has recorded more than 700,000 confirmed cases of pandemic

A couple living at the Summerland Waterfront Resort is trying to sell their unit because of strata changes which will require them to pay significantly higher strata fees or have their unit included in the resort’s rental pool (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Couple living at Summerland resort facing increases

Permanent residents of Summerland Waterfront Resort told fees will more than double

(Big White Ski Resort)
28 more cases of COVID-19 linked to Big White cluster

More than 200 cases have been identified since the cluster was announced

Police are seeking further witnesses after an elderly woman who was struck by a vehicle in Salmon Arm succumbed to her injuries. (File Photo)
Salmon Arm pedestrian dies after being hit by truck along Highway 1

Collision took place on Jan. 15 in downtown Salmon Arm, police looking for witnesses

The sale of the Kirschner Mountain Development for $22M marks the largest in Realtor history, in the Okanagan. (Contributed)
Kelowna mountain development sold for $22M

The sale of the 640-acre Kirschner Mountain development has made the history books

New Westminster TV production designer, Rick Whitfield, has designed an office in a box for British Columbians in need of a private workspace. (BC Box Office photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. man designs ‘box office’ solution for those working from home

‘A professionally designed workspace on your property, away from the distractions of home’

Chilliwack ER doctor Marc Greidanus is featured in a video, published Jan. 18, 2021, where he demonstrates and describes effectiveness of various styles of masks. (Youtube)
VIDEO: Emergency room doctor runs through pros and cons of various masks

‘We’ve been asked to wear a mask and it’s not that hard,’ Greidanus says.

(Pixabay photo)
VIDEO: Tip to Metro Vancouver transit police helps woman 4,000 km away in Ohio

Sgt. Clint Hampton says transit police were alerted to a YouTube video of the woman in mental distress

Most Read