Hundreds of search and rescue volunteers, family and supporters gathered on the grounds of the Legislature Thursday for the unveiling of a memorial to volunteers who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty.
The new Search and Rescue Volunteer Memorial includes the names of 17 people who have lost their lives over the past 50 years.
The memorial represents land, marine and aviation Search and Rescue volunteers: the BC Search and Rescue Association, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and PEP Air.
“The people of British Columbia owe a great deal to the search and rescue teams of this province. These selfless men and women risk their lives, in often treacherous conditions, to help reunite our friends and our loved ones. They are a beacon of hope in situations that may otherwise seem hopeless,” Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto said in a statement.
The monument sits adjacent to the recently unveiled B.C. Emergency Services Garden of Honour, and existing memorials dedicated to fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics.