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Memorable Manitobans: Dennis Strongquill (1949-2001)

Police officer.

Born at Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan on 12 June 1949, he grew up at Barrows, 80 kilometers from Swan River. In his 20-year career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, he was posted at Churchill, Powerview, Amaranth, Rossburn, and Waywayseecappo detachments. On 21 December 2001, he stopped a truck that matched the description of armed robbery suspects. The suspects shot at him, chased him into Russell, rammed into his car, and murdered him. The suspects were apprehended after a gunfight with police at Wolseley, Saskatchewan. In 2016 it was announced that a lake near Flin Flon would be renamed Lake Strongquill to honour his memory. Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP Dennis Brosseau stated that “Constable Strongquill dedicated his life to protecting the people of Manitoba and making our communities safer.” He was buried in the Whispering Pines Cemetery at Barrows.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 2001.

Constable Dennis Strongquill, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, The Officer Down Memorial Page.

Manitoba Lake to be Named in Honour of Fallen RCMP Officer,” Global News, 18 January 2016.

We thank Leone Sigurdson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 8 July 2019

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