May 06, 2016 - 12:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - When asked how he wanted to celebrate his retirement from the Kamloops RCMP Auxiliary Program, Don Torry said he didn’t want anything too big, "just a piece of chocolate cake and a cup of coffee."
So that’s how the Kamloops RCMP honoured their longest standing volunteer; with his favourite cake and a cup of coffee.
On May 2 friends and coworkers joined together to celebrate the retirement of Auxiliary Const. Don Torry.
Don has been with the British Columbia RCMP Auxiliary Program for 39 years, having joined on June 27, 1977 in Kamloops.
Being an Auxiliary Constable is quite a time commitment with each volunteer dedicating 160 hours per year to the program. Don has contributed 12,555 hours of service to the City of Kamloops RCMP Auxiliary Program in his 39 year career, that’s over double the amount of hours needed (Don would still be with the program if it weren’t for the fact that he turned 70 on May 1 and that is the mandatory retirement age for the Auxiliary Program).
Throughout his career Don has participated in community events, crime prevention education, home and business security, parades, traffic control, search and rescue and crime scene security. Don has received the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal, Queen’s Jubilee Medal and several community volunteer awards.
Supt. Mueller, Officer In Charge of Kamloops RCMP, was on hand to personally thank Don for his outstanding service to the detachment. When asked about his years as an Auxiliary Constable, Don said that he enjoyed his service with the program and that the time went by quickly.
Fortunately for the Kamloops Detachment. Don has transitioned from the Auxiliary Program to the RCMP Volunteer Program and will be continuing with business security checks and other volunteer duties.
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