Reminiscing about the old days

2014 Air Force Police, Provost and Military Police Reunion held in Summerside

Published on August 24, 2014
Dell Blakney was in Summerside over the weekend to spend time with old friends and colleagues during a military police reunion at the Silver Fox Curling Club. Brett Poirier/Journal Pioneer
Brett Poirier photo.

SUMMERSIDE — Dell Blakney made the best of his job when he was a military police officer stationed throughout Canada.

One day Blakney, a senior officer, and his young French partner were patrolling a base from their squad car.

“Oh sergeant, do you see that blonde?” his partner asked.

“Yeah, I do, do you want to meet her?” asked Blakney.

“No! No! No! I can’t,” replied the partner.

The officers approached the female in their car. The younger officer began to get nervous and wanted to turn around.

Blakney rolled down the window. The young officer was redder than a tomato.

“Hello miss, my partner thinks you’re very beautiful and wants to meet you.”

The lady starred for a moment.

“I’d like you to meet my wife,” said Blakney.

Stories like those are what officers who have seen it all try to remember.

Over the weekend, in a room full of retired military police at the Silver Fox Curling Club, it’s likely some intense stories were shared.

The event brought retired military police together for a weekend to reminisce.

Nearly 300 attended the 2014 Air Force Police, Provost and Military Police Reunion.

Carl Delaney, chairman of the event, felt the need to have a service that brought retirees together.

“I spent 36 years in the military and a lot of the people here I haven’t seen in 30, 40, or even 50 years,” said Delaney. “The only way to get together is to have an official event, so that’s what we did.”

Delaney said gathering retired military officers is a unique event that has only happened one other time to his knowledge, that was also in Summerside in 2012.

Delaney said the point of the event is just to get people talking about the old days.

“Go to one table and hear someone talking about being a dog handler in Europe. At another someone could be talking about the nuclear weapons they worked with.”

Saturday was a fun-filled day for the attendees. The group split up and decided between a motorcycle ride across P.E.I., a bus tour, day of golf, or boat tour.

On Sunday, everyone was back together for a farewell breakfast in Summerside.

“These days are just great,” said Blakney. “Having all of your old colleagues together is priceless.”

Blakney, in his job, has seen people die in front of him and watched coroners examine bodies of soldiers.

“The job can be really hard, overwhelming at times.”

That, he added, is why the stories that make him laugh, decades after retiring, are the ones worth remembering.