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CONTRIBUTIONS RECOGNIZED – RCMP Sgt. James Giczi (left) receives his Meritorious Service Medal from then-governor general David Johnston on Dec. 11, 2015, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Created in 1991, the Civil Division recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brought honour to their community or to Canada. Photo by Sgt. Ronald Duchesne/Rideau Hall © OSGG 2015

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HONOURED BY COMMISSIONER – RCMP Sgt. James Giczi receives a Commissioner’s Commendation for Outstanding Service on Oct. 29, 2015.

Officer dies in motorcycle mishap while returning from Skagway trip

A longtime RCMP officer died Friday evening when his motorcycle left the South Klondike Highway.

By Whitehorse Star on September 9, 2019

A longtime RCMP officer died Friday evening when his motorcycle left the South Klondike Highway.

Sgt. James Giczi, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene, Yukon coroner Heather Jones said Sunday.

“The deceased had been returning to Whitehorse from a day trip to Skagway with a friend who was riding a separate motorcycle,” Jones said in a statement.

“It appears the fallen rider had just navigated a left turn when his motorcycle left the highway and overturned.”

The coroner’s release says alcohol and road conditions are not believed to be factors in the accident.

It occurred at approximately 6 p.m., just south of the Annie Lake Road.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, and the accident remains under investigation.

The RCMP have not issued a statement.

A forensic specialist who most recently testified last week at the murder trial of accused Edward James Penner, Giczi was decorated for his work with the RCMP.

He was presented with a meritorious service award in 2015 by then-governor general David Johnston in recognition of his contribution to a national data base used to identify tire marks in criminal investigations.

“RCMP Sgt. James Giczi identified the need for a central resource to conduct searches for tire mark matches,” reads the information provided by the governor general’s office at the time of the award.

“Through countless hours of work on his own time, he conceptualized, built and maintained a comprehensive database.

“Thanks to his efforts, the database is now used regularly by the RCMP, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Sûreté du Québec and other municipal police services.”

Giczi was also well-known as a force in the Whitehorse Oldtimers Hockey League over many years.

Comments (9)

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Denise Schmidt on Sep 25, 2019 at 8:26 am

I just saw this news article today and connected the dots. So sorry for your loss Tanis. Thinking of you and your family.
Your old friend Denise from Weyburn.

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Ed and Gale Hanaback on Sep 11, 2019 at 1:48 am

So sorry for your loss, Tanis and boys

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Ricardo Colaci on Sep 10, 2019 at 9:43 pm

My deepest condolences and sympathy to Sgt. Giczi's family and co-workers. R.I.P

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Thoughts and prayers on Sep 10, 2019 at 3:14 pm

Thoughts and prayers to the family and everyone effected. A silent blessing is that only one person was harmed.

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Neil Graham on Sep 10, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Always sad to hear of a fellow motorcyclist passing way. My condolences to his family and friends.

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Herman Kaglik on Sep 9, 2019 at 11:55 pm

Sad to hear news like this, thoughts are with the family and members.

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Josey Wales on Sep 9, 2019 at 9:28 pm

Condolences to Sgt. Giczi’s family, friends and colleagues.

...thank you for your service

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Back the blue on Sep 9, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Whitehorse, Yukon, and Canada’s loss. Rest easy.

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Allan on Sep 9, 2019 at 4:15 pm

My sincerest condolences and sympathy to Sgt. James Giczi's family, co-workers and friends. So sad to hear the news of his passing.

Thank you, for your service. R.I.P., Sgt. Giczi and God, bless!

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