Badge carries on with family
The RCMP is about tradition.
For an RCMP member, there’s no prouder tradition than the ability to present a family member with RCMP badges once the family member has completed graduation from depot in Regina.
Ron Duncan is proud three times over.
Duncan, 84, of Vernon, has had the privilege of presenting badges to his two sons – Kyle in 1981, and Kirk in 2001 – and his grandson, Jordan Norstrom in 2011.
He did it in the same building he received his own RCMP badge, at very nearly the exact same spot in the graduation hall.
“I was very proud to do so, on all three occasions,” said Duncan, who enjoyed a 25-year career with the RCMP after his own graduation from depot.
“It’s been a proud moment to go to Regina and make the presentations. I got my badge from the commanding officer.”
Duncan began his career on the Prairies, then became one of the first RCMP officers in B.C. following the disbanding of the B.C. Provincial Police Force in 1950.
He recently returned to 100 Mile House, in the south Cariboo, where he opened the first RCMP detachment in that community in 1952, and spoke to the local Rotary club.
Duncan’s final post was as Staff-Sgt. of the Vernon detachment from 1969-72. Upon retirement, Duncan stayed in Vernon and opened Downtown Realty and sold real estate for 16 years before spending 10 years as manager of the Vernon Medical Clinic.
For Kyle Duncan, 56, who has joined his father in Vernon in retirement, his first job was in Red Deer.
“When dad gave me my badge, it was an extremely proud moment,” said Kyle. “One other guy had an ex-member present him his badge. Very few times it happens. Only when you have a relative that’s serving or retired do they get to present the badge. I had the opportunity and I requested my dad present my badge.”
Kirk Duncan is currently posted in Surrey and Norstrom began his RCMP career in Three Hills, Alta., just north of Calgary.
While tradition runs large in the RCMP, the quartet from the Duncan family are the only ones to don the red serge.
Ron joined the force off the family farm in Saskatchewan. Kyle decided to apply to the RCMP at a time when the B.C. economy was on the decline.Kirk followed later.
Jordan was encouraged by his family.
“For sure we did that with him,” said Kyle. “He went to college for a few years studying business administration and was weighing his options when he put his application in. My brother and I encouraged him.”