REPORTING · 30th July 2015
Staff Sergeant Phil Harrison retired on June 18th. On June 29th, he was presented with several tokens by the RCMP in Kitimat. He was given a plaque from the detachment, a plaque depicting all of the detachments he has served in and a jersey with his name on it. Letters were read from well-wishers in his family as well as from members of the RCMP whom he had served with.
Mayor Phil Germuth gave a statement on behalf of Council. “In the past two and a half years, Phil [Harrison] has made a world of difference to our community. From helping us get through all the extra camp workers, all the extra population, thanks for that. If I had to single out anything that Phil made a difference on in this community, it is communication. Thank you for being that open communication, not only between Mayor and Council, people pretty much appreciate that and it’s something we hear all the time.”
Harrison took a few minutes to express how much things have changed within the RCMP during his years of service. He also expressed why being an RCMP Officer in Kitimat is worthwhile. He said leaving the detachment is bittersweet, because people are comfortable with what they are familiar with.