Life lessons of the Red Serge

By Jessica Dempsey

June 15, 2018 11:35 AM

Sisters Barb Porter and Linda Garvey, were inspired by their brother Staff Sgt. Pete Garvey, who died in June, and wrote a book in his honour. SUBMITTED PHOTO

A new book, Life Lessons From a Red Serge, will be making its way to the Lloyd Mall Coles.
This book, which was newly released this month and was written by two sisters Barb Porter and Linda Garvey, was inspired by their brother Staff Sgt. Pete Garvey, who died in June.
“It’s a series of 13 lessons. As we thought about his life, we thought about what the lessons you could extract from his life,” said Porter, the oldest sibling.
Lessons from the book include humility, service and helping, stories, helping others to help themselves, and courage and bravery.
“We wanted to make sure it really captured the essence of who he was,” added Porter.
The book was written for his seven grandchildren and instills the life lessons he would have taught them.
“We wanted to capture the values and principles by which he lived his life. We had committed in the tribute we had written after his death that we would pass on his values to his grandchildren,” explained Porter.
Pete Garvey was a member of the RCMP for 30 years in multiple urban and rural communities in Eastern Canada, the Prairies and Nunavut.
He also had deep bonds with the Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers (SARSAV).
Because that was such a big part of his life, all the profits from the sale of the book will be donated to SARSAV.
Pete served as RCMP D Div. Ground SAR coordinator for the provincial SAR team.
“He was very involved in search and rescue, and he was very passionate about that,” said Porter. “As we thought about his life and the things that were really important to him, we knew that search and rescue was something he had been actively involved in and really advocating for.”
During his time as a volunteer with SARSAV, Pete was instrumental in working toward developing capacity in the use of trained and certified civilian search dogs and handlers.
“He did so much to advance our cause with his work with dogs in Saskatchewan,” said Tracey Lagasse, secretary, SARSAV.
“We are getting to the point now where civilian search dogs are now a possibility, and he was involved with getting that up and going.”
Pete also served as vice-president for a short time before he became sick.
When Lagasse found out the profits were going to go towards their organization she noted it was special.
“It was so touching that they would even consider taking that legacy they took from Pete’s life, and are allowing us to continue his work on his behalf,” she said.
SARSAV has more than 350 volunteers across the province, with members trained to Canadian Standards Group standards in ground search and rescue.
The teams they have throughout the province are all volunteers and unpaid professionals who respond to searches 24/7 and 356 days a year.
When Pete died in June 2017, a memorial ribbon was designed by a SARSAV member to honour him.
Porter and her sister will be at the Lloyd Mall Coles on Saturday, June 16 from noon to 4 p.m. signing copies and speaking about the book.

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