Manitoba Man Gets His Wish To Spend The Last Few Days Of His Life As A Mountie (VIDEO)
It was his life-long dream to become a Mountie.
Sometimes dreams really do come true even if it takes longer than expected. RCMP Manitoba honoured a dying man's life long dream and made him an honorary member of their force. The 88-year-old man became a Mountie and it was the sweetest thing ever.
On January 27, the Manitoba branch of the national police agency posted on social media about its newest honorary member, 88-year-old Jack Russell.
He was sworn in on January 24 at a ceremony in the hospital where he's living out his last few days.
According to the CBC, Russell is terminally ill and his daughter sent an email to the RCMP explaining his life-long dream of becoming a Mountie, hoping to cheer him up.
Jane MacLatchy, the force's Assistant Commissioner and Commanding Officer for Manitoba, got the email and immediately wanted to help.
So they printed a certificate and prepared a cap badge for elderly resident, which they brought to the hospital for his swearing-in.
In a video posted to social media, Russell and MacLatchy salute each other after she congratulates him on becoming an honorary member of the police service.
"It is with great pride that we welcome Honourary Member Jack Ervin Russell into our ranks. Jack, we salute you and your incredible dedication to your family," RCMP Manitoba said in a tweet.
This wasn't his first run-in with the RCMP. Back in 1951, Russell was accepted into the national police at just 20 years old and was one step closer to fulfilling his only dream in life.
Unfortunately, he couldn't go through with it at the time because his family needed his help with the family businesses.
After that, he became an electrician and then a civil servant at the provincial level before retiring.
"Now with only days to live, his family wanted to make his dream come true… and so did we," RCMP Manitoba said.
"He was very proud that he had been offered the job," Russell's son Robert told the CBC. "He would speculate, you know, what his life would have been like as an RCMP officer. So we all knew about this story."
At his swearing-in, he was read the RCMP oath of allegiance and given a certificate of appointment.
MacLatchy told the CBC that this kind of thing is rare because they haven't sworn in an honorary member in recent history.
The 88-year-old suffered a stroke on New Year's Eve which aggravated a previous disability that he has and is spending his remaining time with family.