The unsung heroes of the RCMP received the recognition they deserved at the Second Man awards ceremony Saturday afternoon. Thirty wives of RCMP officers were honoured during the luncheon in the Nanaimo Golf and Country Club. The ceremony was one of many held across Canada. The recipients received a certificate of appreciation and silver brooch with the RCMP crest.
Many of these women lived in remote areas of Canada while their husband protected and served the community.
While working in these secluded communities these women would often answer phones, feed prisoners, and comfort victims of tragedy.
Louise Legassicke has been married to Cal Legassicke for 51 years. Though he retired from the RCMP in 1996, Louise can remember details of his job and her chores like it was yesterday.
From 1971 to 1972 Cal was stationed in Wabowden, Manitoba. While Cal was doing his day-to-day routine Louise was responsible for operating the detachment radio. She would console people who had lost their loved one - usually from drowning - and would take care of orphaned children.
"I would get babies that were apprehended because there was no social workers. I would get them and give them a bath before giving them to foster homes. I did all sorts of cute little things like that," Louise said.
In 1972 Cal was transferred to Old Crow, Yukon. At the time Old Crow had a population of about 200 and it was only accessible by plane.
At this post Louise had to take care of everyone, no matter the circumstances.
"It's not easy being a policeman's wife, there's always a worry they won't come home."
Wives of officers have to understand the commitment level officers have for their job, she added.
"It's a dangerous job, but there's a lot of dangerous jobs in the world.
"You have to love being in the force to be a good member. The wives have to accept that their husband's job sometimes comes first."
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