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Monday, July 30, 2012

In Memory of Reg.#55042, Constable Derek W. H. Pineo


Reg.#55042, Constable Derek W. H. Pineo

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Constable Derek Pineo was killed on duty on July 20, 2012 when his police cruiser hit a moose. 

One Memorial Service was held last week in Saskatchewan which is the province where he was posted. 

Constable Pineo was from Nova Scotia. Another Service was conducted in Halifax, NS on July 29, 2012.


R.I.P.
'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Sunday, July 29, 2012

In Memory of Reg.#48568, Constable Leo N. Johnston

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Memorial to Constable Leo N. Johnston 

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Died on duty
March 3, 2005
Mayerthorpe, AB

RCMP Honour Roll #207
'K' Division Honour Roll 

Contributor and Appreciation: Edmonton Vet. AJH 'Joe' Collinson

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

In Memory of NWMP Reg.#335, Constable Marmaduke Graburn

In Memory of NWMP Reg.#335, Constable Marmaduke Graburn

'Friends Not Forgotten'

The photo above was taken in the 1970's by my Troopmate, Reg.#23690, Ken Harrack. Thank you, Pit Partner!

The Province of Alberta sign says: 'Murder of Constable Graburn'

'Constable Marmaduke Graburn,, N. W. M. P. was ambushed and shot near Fort Walsh by an Indian, November 17, 1879, six years after the [F]orce had been organized. He was the first of the few Mounted Policemen who died violently while bringing law and order to the West.

That more were not killed is indicative of the respect which the handful of red-coats commanded from Indian and white alike.

South of here in the Provincial Park an Albert Government cairn gives the murder details.'

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hope: On the topic of dementias...


Alzheimer Disease and Dementias...

Off Topic -  On Target?

'It is my contention that a well rounded, informed, educated police officer can serve society better is he or she is knowledgeable and caring about many facets of people lives including health issues: alcoholism, loneliness and dementias to name but three...' JJH  

This week the Ottawa Citizen's headline shouted out about the noticeable increase in dementias among Canadians. Coincidentally, on the same day as the newspaper barked its alarm, a vet friend called me to say that his wife was a patient of dementia. 

The Ottawa Citizen's newspaper article and the phone call from my friend caused to reflect on my experiences with Alzheimer's disease and dementias.

My mind rolled back many years to my days in Maple Ridge Detachment (1967 to 1970) . One morning, I was asked by Corporal Frank Scotti to fetch a 'Warrant of Committal' then drive to a farmhouse near the Haney/Mission, BC border to arrest an elderly lady who required hospital confinement and medical care.

I knew she lived alone and I can recall entering her home that morning. She was in bed and clothed but she was very reluctant to tag along with me.  I sat on her bed and we talked and talked. More accurately, she talked. I coaxed.  Eventually, the old woman tired and she allowed me to carry her into the police car. By mid morning I had turned her over to medical people at Essondale Hospital -- the Female Chronic Unit for Mental Health and Addition Services for BC -- inside Coquitlam, BC.

Many, many months passed and unexpectedly one day I spotted the old woman shopping. I was a passer-by. I was curious and I watched. I was in awe over her improved health condition and her ability to interact sensibly with sales people and the cashier. The woman whom I watched in the store acted very differently than the old woman whom I had to arrest months earlier.

Later, at the Haney Hospital,  I was told about the medical advances made in the field of psychiatry and medications. My encounter with the old woman and the wonderful treatment which she had received gave me inspiration and hope and a life long respect for doctors who practice psychiatry.

A years or so before I left the Force in 2001,  I had been 'scouted' by a very well known, generous and historical 'St. Patrick's Home' for the elderly in Ottawa, ON. To be honest, it was my wife who made the connections --  the people whom she linked up with were not corporate contract lawyers but instead were caring clergy nun's. 

It was at St. Pat's Home over the span of ten years of volunteer work  that I met hundreds of people with various dementias. I remained encouraged at the level of activity which people can do while having dementia. 

Patients of dementia can receive wonderful, loving care and treatment if they have been properly diagnosed. Family members can also receive education, training and tips which help the patient as well as themselves. 

In short, the world has changed, research has advanced and more is known about treatment methods for dementia patients. 

I recommend reading:  'The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss by Nanch L. Mace, M. A., and Peter V. Rabins, M. D., M. H. H.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Reg.#55042, Constable Derek Pineo - Memorial Service(s)

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       Memorial/Interment Service for Cst. Derek Pineo 

'Friends Not Forgotten'

  The Memorial Service for Constable Derek Pineo will be held Wednesday, July 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the Evergreen Centre in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. The Evergreen Centre is located at 300 Evergreen Drive, Nipawin.

The muster point for members and representatives from other police services and emergency services personnel will be at the Centennial Arena - 350 - 2nd Ave. East, Nipawin, Sask. Parade participants will be able to change at this location and showers are available for those interested. Members and other parade participants are asked to assemble at the Centennial Arena by 12:30 p.m.

The parade will march from the Centennial Arena to the Evergreen Centre - a distance of eight blocks. Members are to wear Review Order with stripped Sam Brown. Officers are to wear cloth caps.  For those members needing accommodation, rooms have been blocked at the following locations in Nipawin:

Tobin Lake Motel - 862-4681 or toll free 1-877-667-4681
Kingfisher Inn - 862-9801
Green Groves Motel - 862-4633

Other options in close proximity to Nipawin are as follows:

Tisdale - Canalta Hotel 873-5077. Tisdale is approx 53 km south of Nipawin.
Melfort - Canalta Hotel 752-4242. Melfort is approx 90 km southwest of Nipawin.

Cst. Pineo joined the RCMP on August 20, 2007 and was originally from Nova Scotia. Another memorial/interment service for Cst. Pineo will be held Sunday, July 29th at 2:00 pm at the Anglican Church in Fall River, Nova Scotia.

In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been set up for Cst. Pineo’s children, Novalea, Kayleb and Ocean Pineo. An account has been created at Diamond North Credit Union in Nipawin, Saskatchewan in Natasha Pineo's name. Please reference account #832550148833.

Contributor: 'E' Div. Vet. Sheldon Boles

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Monday, July 23, 2012

Last Post: Reg.#21743, Sergeant Lewis Myhre

Last Post: Reg.#21743, Sergeant Lewis 'Oz' Myhre

'Friends Not Forgotten'


This news of a Vet's death from Edmonton Vet. AJH 'Joe' Collinson

Vet. Joe Collinson anounced today that Reg.#21743,(R'td) Sergeant Oscar Lewis Myhre died of cancer at Edmonton, Alberta on the 22 July 2012. 

This will be no funeral or memorial by request.

'Oz' Myhre served in 'E', 'D' 'M' and Security Service. He transferred to CSIS.  

He was a long time member in good standing of the Edmonton Vets Division.  

Sergeant Mhyre's son, Reg. #40866, Brad Myhre is stationed in Penticton, BC.


Contributor: AJH 'Joe' Collinson, Edmonton, AB

'Maintain Our Memories'

Reg.#23685

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Last Post: Reg.#55042, Constable D. W. H. Pineo

Last Post: Reg.#55042, Constable D. W. H. Pineo

'Friends Not Forgotten'

It was the sad duty of RCMP Commissioner R. W. Paulson to announce that Reg.#55042, Cst. D. W. H. Pineo died on July 20, 2012 near Wilkie, Saskatchewan when the police cruiser he was driving hit a moose.

Cst. Pineo died at the scene.

Constable Pineo joined the Force on 20/08/2007. He was serving at Wilkie Detachment. 

At the time of the accident, Cst. Pineo was attending to a complaint of mischief and he was also on the lookout for a reported impaired driver.

He was alone in the police cruiser at the time of the accident.

It is true that every member of the Force sincerely regrets to hear the news whenever a member of the Force is killed. In part, an accident such as the one which involved Constable Pineo brings forward the dangerous and unexpected nature of events in police work.

R.I.P.

Contributor: 
Kamloops RCMP Vets [kamloopsrcmpva@shaw.ca] 

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Friday, July 20, 2012

Last Post: Reg.#17934, Former Constable D. J. Way

 Last Post: Reg.#17934, Former Constable D. J. Way 

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Our RCMP Vets announce that Reg.#17934, (former) Constable Donald James Way passed away about 19/07/2012. The true date and place of his death are not known at this time.  

Donald Way joined the Force on 21/10/1952 and he 'Purchased his Discharge' in 1956.  

At the time of his discharge from the Force, Constable Way had been stationed in 'O' Div. (Southern Ontario).

The last address which the Vets had listed for former Constable Way in 2003 was Argentina. 

Contributor: 
Kamloops RCMP Vets [kamloopsrcmpva@shaw.ca]

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Reg.#46, NWMP Sub Constable George Borradaile


Reg.#46, NWMP Sub Constable George Betts Borradaile

'Friends Not Forgotten'

The grave marker of Sub Constable G. B. Borradaile was found in the Kin Coulee Cemetery, Medicine Hat, AB by Mr. Reg Keatley,  Friend of the Force, Calgary AB and retired Reg.# 33398, Mike Duffy, Secretary, Cypress Hills Division, RCMP Veterans Association.

Thank you for this valuable contribution to the Graves Location and Maintenance Program.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Last Post: Reg.#16966, Staff Sergeant R. F. Parrell

 Last Post: Reg.#16966, Staff Sergeant R. F. Parrell

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Robert F. (Bob) Parrell passed away on Sunday 15 July 2012 at Palliative Care, Pasqua Hospital, Regina, SK. 

Bob joined the Force on 01/05/1951 and he retired on 08/06/1977. He spent all of his service in 'F' Division. Bob was a Life Member of the Veterans Association. 

The Memorial Service for Regina RCMP Veteran Parrell will be held at the 'Depot' Division Chapel on Saturday July 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm. 

The thoughts and prayers of the Regina Veterans Association go out to the Parrell Family.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Officer O.116, Superintendent F. J. Horrigan


I am appreciative for all the ongoing works of discovery by our Vets, members and friends. 

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg.#23685

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ever considered medical school?

Ever considered medical school?

I was once posted to Maple Ridge Detachment, 'E' Div. for three years (1967 to 1970) on BC's Lower Mainland.  Maple Ridge was a memorable posting in my long career and it was a time that I discovered golf. Over the years, golf became one of my favorite sports.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to play nine. I was hoping for a 'hole in one' -- I had never had such luck but I had been a witness to one such miracle in 'F' Div. Anyway, after the game, it was not necessary that I publish my score. Other Vets blamed their elbow, knee, shoulder, prostate or their recently purchased clubs. I blamed age.

After the game, I returned home to a scrumptious dinner. I figured it's one of the benefits of remaining in love after fourteen years of marriage. Nevertheless, I wasn't quite feeling myself  so after dinner my wife encouraged me to lie on the chesterfield -- perhaps a little quietness and Seinfeld would help. She added: 'I'll do the dishes, rest may help you recover after a long day of golfing'. I was led to believe that my wife had had medical training in addition to her university degrees in education?

But, I was serious. I had felt sick. The next morning, I had a rash on my hands and face. Off to see the white coats at '...merge'. Sure enough the experts said: 'Shingles'...while adding spouts of advice: 'You must worry alot, what's on your mind...let things go...relax...enjoy your retirement.' 

Another specialist said: 'Expect days of pain, shingles are connected to nerves, you likely won't get any sleep'. It all sounded seriously dreadful to me ... like, imagine being told by your wife that she had lost her engagement ring while swimming the Pacific!' What man needs to hear that? And what man needs to hear all the nitty details of fast approaching death by Shingles?

After a few days of discomfort, back to '...merge'.  The new white coat was young -- I felt that I was back in high school. We used first names, he was Mark. I felt relaxed enough to tell Mark about my golf game.  I liked the guy, but he asked the sort of questions about golf that would turn anyone off the game. Why was he so curious? Had he never held a Titleist?

Mark examined me intently, I could tell he had been only half paying attention to my mumbling. Then, he declared: 'Nope, don't think its Shingles, but I'll send you to my colleague. She's a specialist'. 

Off to see Specialist. I approached the receptionist and she apparently knew my identity -- 'so you're the guy who was out golfing, eh?' 'Fill out this form and Doctor Amanda will see you shortly'. 

Soon afterwards, I'm ushered into a small examination room and I wait for Dr. Amanda. Within a moment, a very young and pretty woman enters. Reminded me of someone's high school age daughter. Clean and sparkling. Rosy. A smile as wide as the Commissioner's Tipstaff. Dark hair, dark eyes. Very young and pretty. I spotted a gold watch and felt her firm handshake. Determined and sure of herself. Placed the latest model cell phone on her desk.  I incorrectly presumed she was the first line nurse about to ask tons upon tons of questions.

'Hi Joe', she said; 'I'm Amanda, your doctor, understand that you were out for a game?' 'Why yes', I relied, 'are you really the doctor? 'Yes, I am the doctor and I have been for a few years. 'Ok, Amanda, do you play golf? Yes, a little ...during Residency, I was on the university golf team. I was never pleased if I shot over eighty!'

'Joe, here's your '...script, take it to the drugstore. 

What? Poison Ivy!

And here's some advise Joe; next time, stay out of the woods after your first tee shot.'! 

See you in three weeks.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy,
Reg#23685

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Retired RCMP Superintendent Ron Bourne


 From the Bourne Files - Retired Superintendent Ron Bourne

Policing Worlds Apart 

'Friends Not Forgotten'

 A note from an 'ole friend...

Greetings Joe:

This is another voice from your past, a fellow 'Depot' staff and T & D alumnus.  I follow your Blog with interest and applaud you continued dedication.  Thought I might renew contacts remembering your International Training and Mission experience. Hold on to your stetson but I am sending this note from Dushanbe, Tajikistan.   

Now I know you will be reaching for your atlas in order to figure out which of the 'stans' this is.  To help - just north of Afghanistan.  93% of the country is mountainous and it was once part of the USSR.  Found it?

I arrived just over a month ago on a contract (US Dept of State-funded)to work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Public Order & Protection Police and community on Community Policing implementation.  I did a similar line of work in the Republic of Macedonia for 3 1/2 years.  You remember how this work gets in your blood after awhile.

In the past 15 years my international work has included Haiti, Kosovo, East Timor, Macedonia (3 1/2 years), African Union - Darfur Integrated Task Force (2 years), Afghanistan and, now, Tajikistan. This is probably my final long term mission and I will really treasure my memories and friendships with my international families.

Warmest regards,

Ron Bourne
When 'home' - Bible Hill, NS

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy
Reg.#23685