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Daughters donate father’s historic RCMP uniforms to Kitimat detachment

RCMP Sgt James Smythe. (Submitted photo)

After years of being in storage and circulating around the province, the uniforms of the late RCMP Sgt James Smythe, 1928-2019, have been donated to the Kitimat detachment.

In 1952, after just five years of service, then-constable Smythe was tasked by the RCMP to establish the first RCMP detachment in Kitimat, where he initially operated out of an abandoned first aid tent before moving to a building in the original town site.

‘Having [his daughters] Joanna and Charlene recognize the importance of the history of Kitimat and sharing these items with the local community is appreciated,” RCMP Detachment Commander, S/Sgt Graham Morgan said.

Smythe, who retired in 1972 after 25 years of service, had a significant journey with the RCMP, which included various postings and an overseas deployment. Kitimat RCMP say his contributions will be commemorated through a display of his belongings, arranged in collaboration with the Kitimat Museum and Archives.

The temporary exhibit will be available for viewing throughout November 2023, with considerations for a permanent display at the Kitimat RCMP Detachment being explored.