Mounties looking for man who waited in line just for ‘honour’ of standing beside officers

Mounties are looking for a man who waited nearly half an hour in line for a quick turn at the RCMP’s photo booth, just for the “honour” of standing next to two RCMP officers.

Officers set up their station at the Vaisakhi parade in Surrey, B.C., on April 20, on standby to chat and take photos with anyone who came by. About half a million people marched through the city for the festivities and a line of people waiting to take a photo with two RCMP officers in their red serges grew long.

When the man’s turn came, he said he didn’t have a camera. Amandeep Takhar, who was volunteering at the booth, said the man told him “he just wanted the honour of standing alongside two Surrey RCMP members.”

Takhar, 28, took a photo on his personal phone anyway, showing the man dressed in a neat blue windbreaker between the officers with his hands resting on his cane.

“When he came down, I asked him in Punjabi if there’s anywhere I could send it to, if he had a phone number or an email and he said that he didn’t. He just mentioned, ‘I just wanted to be up there and take a picture with them. They do a lot to keep us safe,'” said Takhar, who’s been volunteering with the RCMP’s communities program for two years.

“He reminded me of my own grandfather. Such a sweet, calm guy. Soft-spoken gentleman.”

Takhar posted the photo on Twitter, hoping to track down the man’s family.

“So he could see the photo and hopefully it could make his day,” he said.

Mounties are trying to find the man so they can give him a copy of their photo. Anyone who knows him is asked to phone RCMP at 604-507-5949.

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