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Airport RCMP officers provide assistance to those in need

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 1:22 PDT, Thu June 23, 2022

For frontline RCMP officers at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) detachment, professionalism and adherence to public safety are important. But patience, understanding, sympathy, and compassion are equally held values.

Earlier this month, officers helped two people in need. First, a 76-year old Torontonian in the domestic arrivals section of YVR appeared disoriented and very confused. She had flown from Toronto to Vancouver alone, but when she was located, she apparently did not know how she arrived or what she was doing there. Even though she was highly distraught, officers calmly offered her safety, assisted her with medical treatment, and let her family know she was safe. They eventually helped her return home.

The next day, police responded to the airport’s Fairmont Hotel to provide assistance to a 14-year-old soccer fan who travelled from Toronto to Vancouver to watch the CONCACAF Nations League soccer match between the Canadian men’s national soccer team and Team Curacao. He had made his way back to the airport after the match, but missed his flight home. Officers managed to help the teen, making arrangements for a later return flight. With the assistance of airport personnel, he was able to seek a place to shelter prior to returning home.

It’s just something we do, says Sgt. Albert Lam, YVR operations non-commissioned officer. It’s not just part of the job, it’s who were are as people.”

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