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 — 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.
This terminally ill 88 year old man from Manitoba had his lifelong dream come true as he was sworn in as an honorary member of the RCMP 😍- 📹 @rcmpmb #Canada #Manitoba #Winnipeg #WPG #RCMP pic.twitter.com/SOvEraffQl— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) January 28, 2020
At the age of 88, Russell has been made an honorary Mountie.
On Friday, Jane MacLatchy — the Commanding Officer of the RCMP in Manitoba — 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.
This is the kind of content we need in 2020.— . (@shmalachi) January 27, 2020
And another man was most definitely not crying.
Oof who is cutting onions in here!? All my best sir!— Connor🇨🇦 (@bos_connor1) January 28, 2020
This Twitter user summed up how every Canadian was feeling using a single gif.
🙏🏼🙏🏾💙🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/RemKEWELoB— TheJourneyGenie (@TheJourneyGenie) January 28, 2020
And this man left Canadians with some inspirational words.
Sometimes, life forces us to hit pause on our dreams.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 27, 2020
Sometimes, for decades.
So, to see them come true for Jack Russell after nearly 70 years is all the motivation you need to hold onto your dreams.
The RCMP tweeted that it was with "great pride" that they welcome Russell into their ranks.
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