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RCMP Swear-In Terminally Ill Manitoban as Honourary Member of the Force

January 27, 2020 3:10 PM | News

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Jack Ervin Russell

Jack Ervin Russell receives an honourary designation from Commanding Officer, Jane MacLatchy into the Manitoba RCMP. (HANDOUT)

An 88-year-old Manitoba man living with a terminal illness has been sworn-in as an honourary member of the RCMP.

Jack Ervin Russell was accepted into the RCMP at the age of 20 in 1951, but had to decline the offer to help his family in Elva, Manitoba.

RCMP say Russell dreamed of becoming a Mountie and always wondered what it would be like to join the force.

With only days to live, his family wanted to put his thoughts at ease and enlisted the help of the RCMP to make his dream come true.

Commanding Officer, Jane MacLatchy with RCMP “D” Division in Manitoba, met with Russell on Friday to swear him in as an honourary member of their ranks.

“Jack, we salute you and your incredible dedication to your family,” police said in a statement.


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