Honouring officer should be personal

NANAIMO – Re: Support shown for grieving Mounties, March 30.

To the Editor,

Re: Support shown for grieving Mounties, March 30.

While my sincere condolences go out to those who are left to mourn Const. Willi Chou, I cannot understand why it is necessary for emergency service members from across B.C. to come to Nanaimo, presumably at taxpayers’ expense, to show their support for his family and Nanaimo RCMP detachment.

I can understand the family needing support, but the Nanaimo detachment?

My father died the same way in 1973 and unfortunately, he was in Ireland and I was in Canada. Having no taxpayer support, I could not afford to go home for the funeral to add my support to the family at that time.

Death caused by an aneurysm is swift, usually there is no warning and it is hard on those left behind.

However, I would hazard a guess that the emergency service members from across B.C. did not know Const. Chou as well as the members of the Nanaimo RCMP and, to me, it would have been sufficient for the Nanaimo members to honour him and show their support for the family.

Diana Walker

Nanaimo