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Kelowna security guard who endured racist tirade advancing law enforcement dreams

Paladin Security guard Anmol Singh stands with Dr. Bonnie Henry.
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August 29, 2021 - 7:57 AM

A security guard who dealt with a racist tirade at a Kelowna COVID-19 vaccination site last month is moving towards his dreams of becoming a police officer.

A July 13, 2021 iNFOnews video showed Paladin Security guard Anmol Singh trying to keep the peace as vaccine protestor Bruce Orydzuk yelled racist remarks at the Trinity Church vaccination site. The video gained international attention.

Many praised Singh for his calm demeanor while handling the confrontation, sending positive messages and cookies to Paladin’s office. He was thanked for his efforts by residents driving to get their vaccinations at the church site and was even recognized at a local Tim Hortons. For his act, he received employee of the month, he said.

His family back in India were concerned when they saw the video but were also happy how Singh handled the situation.

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Nowadays he’s been promoted and is working full time at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital as a security guard. Singh said it’s a step in the right direction towards his dreams of law enforcement as it gives him more experience dealing with those with mental illness or other health issues while keeping doctors and nurses safe.

“It’s always busy and it’s a good experience because we deal with the same things as the police do on a regular basis,” he said. “I feel good working here.”

Having applied for his permanent residency, he hopes to land a job with the Vancouver Police Department and has even taken up learning French to increase his odds, he said.

Since the video was published, a member with the VPD has reached out to him and is acting as a mentor to him.

“I never thought they were going to contact me so it was pretty good to see the support,” Singh said. “We are connected on everything now and of course he’s able to help me if I need anything in the future.”

“It was good to see how everything turned out and how people supported it. I think it’s good for me and I think it was positive,” he said, adding that’s the only interaction he had with Orydzuk.

Singh’s Paladin manager Jason Davis said the branch is planning on recognizing Singh for his efforts.

The RCMP are currently investigating the incident to see if it's considered to be a hate crime. Jocelyn Noseworthy, media relations officer with the Kelowna RCMP, said via email it is still an active investigation at this time.

 


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