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RCMP grants terminally ill man's wish by making him an honorary Mountie

Amidst the coronavirus news today, a story in Manitoba is warming Canadians' hearts β€” the RCMP have granted a dying man's wish by making him an honorary Mountie.

Jack Ervin Russell has always dreamed of becoming a Mountie; he was originally accepted into the RCMP in 1951, at the age of 20, but he was forced to decline the offer due to family commitments.

Now, Russell's dream has finally come true.

At the age of 88, Russell has been made an honorary Mountie.

On Friday, Jane MacLatchy β€” the Commanding Officer of the RCMP in Manitoba β€” met with Russell to swear him in as an Honorary Member of the Force.

In the video, Russell salutes the officer and repeatedly thanks her.

As you might expect, Canadians everywhere are touched by the RCMP's kind gesture.

One man was excited to finally see some happy news.

And another man was most definitely not crying.

This Twitter user summed up how every Canadian was feeling using a single gif.

And this man left Canadians with some inspirational words.

The RCMP tweeted that it was with "great pride" that they welcome Russell into their ranks.

Lead photo by

RCMP Manitoba

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