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Father-to-be and ‘snow angel’: Slain Edmonton officers Travis Jordan and Brett Ryan remembered

One of the police officers killed in Edmonton was about to be a father for the first time and the other was called a “snow angel” for going beyond the call of duty to help people.

Const. Brett Ryan, 30, and Const. Travis Jordan, 35, were fatally shot responding to a domestic violence call early Thursday morning.

Ryan, who had been with the Edmonton force for 5 1/2 years, was the youngest child in his family, his mother said in a heart-wrenching post Thursday night.

“Today we lost our youngest son in the line of duty with EPS,” Laurie Ryan wrote. “No words can begin to explain how deep our sorrow and pain is today.”

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Ryan was also about to become a father for the first time, as his wife is expected to give birth this summer.

“He served his community with pride and commitment. He loved his wife and unborn baby, his brothers and us, his parents,” his mom wrote.

The family extended its gratitude to all the first responders who rushed to the try and save her child’s life.

“We want to thank everyone who respond and came to Brett’s aid today. The community, family and friends had one of the best taken from us way too soon.”

“R.I.P my son, we’ve been blessed to have you for the past 30 years but today your loss is unbearable.”

is being remembered as a pillar of the community and a longtime minor hockey referee.

The 30-year-old lived west of Edmonton in Spruce Grove, where in his spare time, Ryan was a minor hockey official with the Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association.

“Obviously a tough day for for our referee group here in Spruce Grove,” said Ryan’s friend Darcy Carter, who said the fallen officer was a paramedic before he became a police

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