WATCH ABOVE: Reporter Rumina Daya reports on the impact of Tim Jones death.
Tim Jones, the longtime team leader of North Shore Rescue, has passed away. He was 57.
North Shore Rescue posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
“It is with great sadness and shock that I report that Tim Jones passed away tonight while coming down from the team cabin on Seymour. Seymour patrol, BCAS, RCMP, Fire and Lions Gate staff all put in a massive effort to save Tim but unfortunately he did not come through. These are all the details I have at this time. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Team members say he was coming down from the team cabin on Seymour when he collapsed, possibly of a heart attack.
An ambulance with a police escort rushed Jones to Lions Gate hospital on Sunday night, but it was too late to save him.
Jones had volunteered with North Shore Rescue for more than 20 years, turning it into one of North America’s best search-and-rescue teams.
He took part in more than 1,500 searches, rescuing more than a thousand people and saving many lives. He also became an unofficial spokesperson for search-and-rescue teams across the province, speaking out on many issues such as the debate around charging for rescues.
Jones worked as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic with the BC Ambulance service for 32 years. No one he worked with at Station 256 in North Vancouver wanted to talk on camera this morning, but they spoke very highly of him and said he was a great boss.
In 2011 Jones was awarded the Order of B.C.
Early Monday morning, a team member posted the following release:
Tim passed away on the trail on Mt. Seymour after completing team business at our cabin.
We extend our deepest condolences to his family.
We are very sad that have lost our tenacious leader who has done so much for this team and our community.
Tributes are already pouring in for the man the team describes as its tenacious leader, while others call him selfless, courageous and a guy who went out as he lived — with adventure, passion and fresh air as his last breath.
The Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Team posted the following photo to their Facebook page: