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Flowers and a wreath lay for RCMP constable Harvinder Dhami who was killed in a car accident on the way to a call, in Sherwood Park, Alta., on Monday, April 10.JASON FRANSON/The Canadian Press

An Alberta RCMP officer who died in vehicle crash while responding to a call Monday was remembered as a hard worker with a strong sense of responsibility.

Constable Harvinder Dhami, a member of the Strathcona County detachment east of Edmonton, who was affectionately known as Harvey, died while driving to help other officers with a noise complaint.

RCMP said Constable Dhami’s vehicle hit a large concrete barrier on a road northeast of Sherwood Park, Alta., about 2 a.m.

“Despite efforts of emergency personnel and civilians on the scene, Harvey succumbed to his injuries,” Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said at a news conference in Sherwood Park.

RCMP said the crash was under investigation. No further details were provided.

Constable Dhami, 32, was posted to Strathcona County after graduating from the RCMP training academy in 2019, Deputy Commissioner Zablocki said.

He said Constable Dhami took great pride in wearing his RCMP uniform and “we were very proud to have him on our team.”

Deputy Commissioner Zablocki described Constable Dhami as mature, dependable and “so well liked by everyone around him.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter that his heart breaks for Constable Dhami’s family, friends and colleagues.

“I’m keeping all of you, and the entire Strathcona community, in my thoughts during this incredibly difficult time.”

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith also offered her condolences to the officer’s family on social media. She said the fatal crash is “incredibly heartbreaking” and has ordered to lower the flags at half-mast at the provincial legislature.

Strathcona County Mayor Rod Frank also shared his thoughts on the loss of the officer.

“We are never ready to lose one of our own, and our community mourns with his family, friends and our RCMP members,” he said on social media.

At the detachment in Sherwood Park, flags were at half-mast and flowers had been placed outside in memory of the officer.

Superintendent Dale Kendall said Constable Dhami never shied away from taking calls and always wanted to learn on the job, no matter the task or risk.

“He was one of the most professional people I’ve ever met,” she said, adding that he also had a sense of humour.

The officer leaves his wife, mother and two siblings.

Superintendent Kendall said funeral procession details would be confirmed and shared in the coming days.

Last month, two Edmonton police officers were shot and killed by a 16-year-old boy while they were responding to a family dispute.

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