‘Always, we love you’: Mountie killed in crash near Edmonton mourned by Brampton

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Published April 21, 2023 at 8:21 am

RCMP officers march along the hearse during the procession for RCMP Const. Harvinder Singh Dhami in Sherwood Park, Alta., on Thursday April 20, 2023. Dhami, a member of the Strathcona County detachment east of Edmonton, died while driving to assist colleagues with a noise complaint. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Friends, family and hundreds of officers gathered Thursday for a regimental funeral, where an RCMP constable who died on duty was remembered for his kindness, openness and generosity.

Const. Harvinder Singh Dhami, a member of the Strathcona County detachment east of Edmonton, died in a crash while on his way to help other officers with a noise complaint early on April 10.

“He was my person,” his widow, Ravinder Dhami-Randhawa, said while holding back tears. “The most generous, giving and optimistic person.”

During her eulogy, Dhami-Randhawa said the morning she received news that her husband had died was a nightmare.

“I woke up abruptly to the knocks on the front door — a sound that will forever haunt me.”

The two were together for 12 years.

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Dhami-Randhawa said her husband made her feel safe and protected since the day they met.

“He was the reason I felt safe — not because he was an officer, because that’s who Harv was,” she said. “I do not feel safe anymore.”

“Every part of my life, my home, my past, my present and my future, was intertwined with Harv. Today, I stand here empty and broken in ways that I cannot put together.”

The 32-year-old officer, affectionately known as Harvey, was described as a dependable colleague who was proud to wear his uniform.

Dhami graduated from the RCMP Academy in 2019 before he was posted to Strathcona County.

While in Brampton, Dhami volunteered for three years serving meals to elderly members of the Punjabi community.

“He always put others before himself, he was selfless in nature,” said Dhami’s brother and Peel Regional Police Const. Gurvinder Dhami.

“Regardless of what was happening in his own life, we all know he would drop everything if we ever called upon him for help,” he said. “His passion for helping others is what led him to become a police officer and it is what made him such a beloved member of his community.”

He said he and his brother had an unbreakable bond. He then brought their mother to the podium.

“Always, we love you,” his mother said.

The National Police Federation Benevolent Foundation has started a GoFundMe drive with all funds going to help support the Dhami family. As of Friday morning, the fundraiser had received more than $31,000 of a $40,000 goal.

Before the funeral, dozens of people lined streets in Sherwood Park as hundreds of police officers marched with a white hearse carrying Dhami’s casket, wrapped in a Canadian flag, to a recreation centre.

“We’re here to support the fallen officer,” said Cheryl Yaremchuk, who was bundled up along the procession route on the chilly morning.

“We so appreciate his service.”

RCMP Chaplain Shay Anderson considered Dhami a close friend.

“I found him incredibly easy to talk to — an open book,” Anderson said before he delivered the opening prayer. “He had such a humble attitude.”

“His memory will be cherished by everyone.”

Childhood friend Aman Chaggar said he thought of Dhami as a brother.

“We would not be the people we are today without Harv,” said Chaggar in his eulogy.

In January 2021, Strathcona County victim services recognized Dhami for knowing the value of post-incident supports and sharing them with victims.

Ardaas, a Sikh prayer, was done in Punjabi before RCMP officers dressed in Red Serge carried the casket away. The hearse drove down a road from the recreation centre, where hundreds of officers again stood along the route.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 20, 2023.

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