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Brian Dyck: Remember his name.

Assoluta Tranquillita blog
October 16, 2010

The fight for ALS benefits.

Ottawa Citizen, October 13, 2010





Leave your mark...

Brian Dyck was born in Saskatchewan in 1968. Growing up with a strong set of family values, Brian’s wish was to follow the words of advice offered by his father and in doing so, Brian set out to “ LEAVE HIS MARK” on this earth. Oh, how he did!


At the age of 19, Brian left home to join Canada’s military. His 14 year career led him across Canada, to Bosnia, Croatia and to the first Gulf war in 1991. He served 5 of his 14 years as a member of JTF2, Canada’s elite counter terrorism force.


After completing his service to the country and the world, Brian joined the Ottawa Police Service in 2002. Brian was then ready to take his skills, life’s experiences and his willingness to serve to benefit the citizens of the City of Ottawa. The decision to leave the military was a difficult one; Brian’s patriotism was worn proudly and sincerely, but so was his desire to set down roots. He married Natali and became the proud father of his beautiful Sophi.


After a routine foot pursuit while on duty in Ottawa, Brian realized that he had injured his left leg. The pain and weakness began to linger and after many tests, Brian was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) on October 20th, 2009.


Shortly after being diagnosed with ALS, Brian took his fighting spirit and aimed it directly at the Veteran’s Affair Canada, on behalf of all of Canada’s Veterans diagnosed with ALS. Brian’s desire was to have all Canadian Veterans with ALS be recognized by the VAC and to have assistance provided to them in their fight to survive. With his health deteriorating, Brian took his fight to the public forum as well as our Members of Parliament in an effort to better the lives of those who needed a voice. 


On September 17th 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced to all Canadians that all Canadian Veterans suffering with ALS would now be recognized and provided with much needed assistance. Brian Dyck had won yet another battle, again serving his community with pride.


On October 8th,  2010, Brian lost his fight with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, but not before knowing he had finally “Left His Mark” on all those who have had the privilege of knowing such a great, caring person. On October 13th 2010, Brian was honored with a full police funeral attended by over 1500 people, including sworn police officers, military personal and members of the public.


Shortly after Brian’s diagnosis, the BD Battalion Fund was established to help assist with the staggering cost of living with and fighting ALS. In July 2010, the 1st BD Battalion Golf Classic was held raising over $40,000 to help both Brain and Nat as well as the ALS Society.


With the help of our friends in the community in honor of Brian, The BD Battalion Fund was  established in the hope of fulfilling Brian’s wish of establishing a support fund. This fund will help the families of sick or fallen Ottawa Police Officers as well  to help support the ALS Society.