Brampton mourns the loss of RCMP officer who died in Edmonton

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Published April 20, 2023 at 8:13 am

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An RCMP officer who died in the line of duty in Edmonton is being remembered as a selfless community member of Brampton.

Family, friends and coworkers gathered to mourn RCMP Constable Harvinder Singh Dhami, better known as “Harvey” on Thursday (April 20).

“He always put others before himself, he was selfless in nature,” said Peel Regional Police Cost. Gurvinder Dhami, Harvinder’s brother. “Regardless of what was happening in his own life, we all know he would drop everything if we ever called upon him for help.”

Dhami, a member of the Strathcona County (east Edmonton) detachment, died in a motor vehicle accident while responding to an urgent request to assist a fellow officer with arrests connected to a noise complaint at 2 a.m. on April 10, RCMP said. While en route to the call, his vehicle struck a large concrete barrier or abutment.

“Cst. Dhami upheld his oath to protect and to serve to the very last moments of his life,” said RCMP Superintendent Dale Kendall.

“True to his character, when a fellow officer called for backup in securing two arrests, Constable Dhami responded immediately tragically losing his life in the line of duty.”

Dhami is survived by his wife Ravinder and her family, his mother, his sister and his brother. And he is also mourned in Brampton.

While living in Brampton, he served meals to elderly members of the Punjabi community with a Langar program established by the Punjabi Community Health Services, said Kendall.

He committed three years of service to the Meals on Wheels program, volunteering his time to the non-profit, Kendall said. His dedication to helping others was a foundational piece of his character, she said.

“Harvey came from a family who put community service first,” Kendall added. “These values guided the career choices of his closest family members; his sister in mental health services, and his brother and cousin with Peel Regional Police and Vancouver Police Department, respectively.”

Members of Peel Regional Police Chief’s Ceremonial Unit are attending the regimental funeral.

In addition to his regular RCMP duties, Dhami was committed to physical, medical and tactical training to become part of the elite Emergency Medical Response Team, Kendall said.

The RCMP are remembering Dhami as “a selfless spirit.”

“What remains for all of us is the heartbreaking pain of his loss, but also the kind and sweet memory that you could count on Harvey for help,” Kendall said.

“We are forever grateful for his service to this organization and the communities he dedicated his life and career to.”

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