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Émile Girard

Montréal, Québec / December 14, 1934

Homicides, horrible as they are, constitute only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the mayhem inflicted on taxi drivers. For every driver killed on the job there are many more who have suffered permanent injuries and/or life-changing psychological trauma as a result of attacks.

In some cases these injuries lead or contribute to death long after the attack. This seems to be what happened to Émile Girard.

Two genealogical web sites (1, 2) posted by members of the Girard family describe him as having been murdered in 1938 while driving his taxi in Montréal.

There are no reports of taxi driver homicides in Montréal during 1938 but on December 14, 1934, almost four years before his death, Mr. Girard was severely injured in a savage attack by three thugs.

Sometime before 7:45 in the evening Mr. Girard was parked at the intersection of Mont-Royal Avenue and Mentana Street. A man got into his taxi and ordered him to drive to Marie-Anne Street where they picked up two more men. When the taxi reached the corner of Kelly and Peloquin the trio suddenly attacked.

Mr. Girard was struck on the head with a blackjack but managed to stop the car and flee from it. The three men pursued him onto the sidewalk and the fight continued.

The taxi driver was able to disarm the first attacker but the other two men pummeled him with the butt of a revolver and another blackjack.

Then, in a panic, the trio drove off without stopping to steal his wallet. Mr. Girard walked to a street corner phone booth and called the police. A police officer from a nearby station arrived on the scene about 7:45 p.m.

Mr. Girard was able to provide a good description of the three men before he was taken to hospital despite having two cuts on his scalp that required nine stitches to close.

Police began a search for the taxi and found it within 15 minutes at the corner of Gounod and Henri-Julien. A witness who saw the three men abandon the car pointed out a nearby restaurant that one of them entered. The police found this fugitive and arrested him. [Next column]

Émile Girard. (Source: La Presse, December 14, 1934, p. 17.)

Émile Girard's taxi was involved in an accident on June 18, 1938. Mr. Girard was not the one driving it at the time so he may have been in poor health. He died on August 27, 1938, aged 39.

Émile Girard's son Raymond was seven years old at the time of Emile's death. Raymond became a police officer and served with the Sureté du Québec. from 1954 until his retirement in 1982.