DECOTEAU ALEXANDER

DECOTEAU ALEXANDER
FIRST WORLD WAR

 

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When Alex Decoteau enlisted in the service of the Edmonton Police Service in 1911 , he became the first Aboriginal police in Canada. Although he would one day be promoted to sergeant, and he was the first motorcycle patrol in the country, we probably remembers less than Decoteau career in law enforcement as his athletic prowess. Decoteau was a runner who won local competitions [ Edmonton ] with such regularity that some organizers believed easier to assign their trophies permanently . He was provincial champion half- mile, mile, two miles , the three miles of five thousand and ten thousand , it even happened that he won four events on the same day. The 1912 Olympics in Stockholm , Decoteau was the only Albertan to be part of the team of Canadian athletes. In April 1916 , Alex Decoteau enlisted in the Canadian Army. Eighteen months later he was killed in action at Passchendaele. He was not yet thirty . In 1967 , Alex Decoteau was inducted into the Hall of Fame Edmonton sports.
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