Emotional adventure unfolds for constable
Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Nicolas Reimann had always heard good stories about Wendy’s Dreamlift Day.
Now that he’s participated in an actual Dreamlift Day event, Reimann knows the stories are even better in person.
The 34-year-old constable was fortunate to get the one detachment spot available to escort a B.C. child during the Wendy’s Dreamlift Tuesday.
“They match us with a kid and it’s our job to provide help and make sure their day goes well,” said Reimann, married with a two-year-old daughter who has volunteered at two Wendy’s Dreamlift Days fundraising days at the local restaurant in his two years in Vernon.
“They’re the boss.”
Reimann, who flew down a day ahead of the dreamlift flight to be in California to greet the kids on the John Wayne Airport tarmac, was partnered with Allan Stafford, 12, of Williams Lake, who suffers from spina bifida.
Like Reimann, ‘the boss’ had been to Disneyland before.
“It wasn’t his first time so he knew what ride he wanted to go on first and that was Splash Mountain,” said Reimann, who got to accompany Stafford on the rides.
“It’s a big log ride that goes down this river and ends going down a very long chute. We got soaked.”
More rides, roller coasters and thousands upon thousands of smiles and laughs made it a day Reimann will never forget.
“It’s unbelievable the joy and happiness that the kids can bring you is sensational,” said Reimann.
“It’s a big day full of emotion. It was an awesome experience.”