Ashley Schwalm Obituary, Death – A former fire captain in Brampton has been charged with murder in the second degree in connection with the death of his wife, which occurred in the Blue Mountains. The Collingwood resident James Schwalm, 38 years old, was taken into custody on Thursday, as reported by the Ontario Provincial Police. On January 26, the body of his wife, Ashley Schwalm, who was also from Collingwood and was 40 years old, was discovered inside an SUV that had been involved in an accident.
On Friday, the marriage of the two was verified by Bill Dickson, manager of public relations for the Ontario Provincial Police. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stated in a press release that they received on Friday that a grey-colored Mitsubishi Outlander SUV was traveling northbound on Arrowhead Road, just south of Highway 26, before it off the roadway at approximately 5:55 a.m. on January 26. The sport utility vehicle (SUV) reportedly made its way down the embankment, came to a stop, and caught fire, according to the police.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stated in their release that a dead body was discovered inside the vehicle. On Friday, a bail hearing was held for Schwalm, who is also being accused with showing indignity to a deceased person’s body. According to Dickson, there is an order prohibiting the disclosure of the evidence. He was unable to determine whether Ashley Schwalm passed away as a direct result of the collision, the fire, or even before the vehicle left the route where it was traveling.
According to a tweet that was posted by Brampton Fire and Emergency Services in February 2019, Schwalm was elevated to the position of fire captain. The City of Brampton issued a statement on Friday in which it confirmed that Schwalm was an employee of Brampton Fire and Emergency Services. However, the statement also stated that he had been notified of termination for cause in accordance with the terms of the collective agreement and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.
According to the statement released by the municipality, “Our focus is the safety, health, and well-being of personnel and the community.” “The city is taking all steps to ensure members of the Brampton Fire and Emergency Services team, and staff across the organization, have the essential supports available to them,” it added. “The city is taking all steps to ensure that the Brampton Fire and Emergency Services team”
Additionally, the city offered its sympathies to the victim’s family and friends. Under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch and with the assistance of the Office of the Fire Marshal, Ontario Forensic Pathology Services, Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario, OPP Forensic Identification Services, OPP Regional Support Team, OPP Technical Collision Investigators and Reconstructionists, and the OPP Emergency Response Team, the Collingwood OPP crime unit is leading the investigation. The investigation is being conducted by the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.