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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

In Memory of Inuit Special Constable Andrew Ooyoumut


In Memory of
Inuit Special Constable Andrew Ooyoumut
Died while serving the Force and Canada

'Friends Not Forgotten'

The excerpt here is summarized from the CBC's report of October 6, 2010

Inuit Special Const. Andrew Ooyoumut died 56 years ago in Canada's North. His family have won a partial victory in their bid to have him recognized alongside other RCMP officers who have died in the line of duty.

Special Constable Ooyoumut was hired in 1946 by the RCMP in Baker Lake, Nunavut. Sadly, he drowned while on duty in 1954, after falling into a river while catching fish to help feed RCMP dogs.

Now, years after Ooyoumut's death, his granddaughter, Deborah Webster of Yellowknife, has been fighting to have the RCMP nationally recognize him as they would with other fallen Mounties.

After many years Webster has learned that Ooyoumut's name will be added to the RCMP Cenotaph, Honour Roll and Memorial Wall plaque.

For the complete story by the CBC, kindly click on the following link

I want to acknowledge the CBC for this news item as well as the photo of Constable Ooyoumut .

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy

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