Remembering Yasmine Grisius
(CS/AF) Around 200 people gathered in Dippach on Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to Yasmine Grisius, a police officer who died in the line of duty in early June.
Police union SNPGL had organised the march, which started at the Centre Culturel and then made its way to the site of the accident, where Grisius was hit by a car on June 5 during a routine vehicle check.
While examining one car, her colleague had motioned another driver to stop. The latter swerved to the side, hitting Grisius, leaving her caught between the two vehicles and in a critical condition. She later died of her injuries.
The police officer and mother-of-two was honoured with a posthumous medal at this year's national day celebrations, handed to her husband by the Grand Duke.
Grisius's family was also present on Wednesday, joined by nearly 200 other people, many of them colleagues and members of the local community, in the silent vigil. At the site of the accident, flowers were laid.
“It is really upsetting,” said one local resident who attended to show his solidarity with the family. “There are two poor children who find themselves without a mother because of a motorist who shouldn't have been there. He was a repeat offender. He was known here for that – for driving fast and drunk; he's from the neighbouring village.”
For the SNPGL the march was also a way of showing the dangers that come with being part of the police force and the commitment made by its officers. “When you make the choice to become a police officer, you know the risks of the job,” said secretary general Christian Pierret. “This tragic accident was a shock for the police officers, because in that moment, you become aware again of the dangers.”