Letter from Chief Constable, Windsor City Policy, July 4, 1940
Letter from Chief Constable, Windsor City Policy, July 4, 1940. The letter seems to act as a general reference noting that Nereo Brombal has worked "faithfully" for the police for 12 years. It also clearly notes that the only reason he is no longer employed by the police force is due to his "Italian birth".
Nereo Brombal immigrated to Canada from Italy ca. 1914. He had met his German-born wife in northern Ontario. The family would settle in Windsor and the Brombals had 2 children.
In 1940, Brombal was fired from the Windsor Police Department due to his Italian birth. His son Douglas remembers a few tense years during the war, given his mixed German/Italian family.
Brombal would never return to his position as a police officer. However, in December 1990, the Windsor Police Commission apologized to Brombal's family. They also created Camp Brombal, for underpriviliged kids, and run by volunteers from the police department, in Nereo Brombal's honour.