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February 16, 2015

JIBC honours fallen Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue technician

Flags at JIBC campuses at half-mast to honour Sergeant Mark Salesse

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is flying flags at half-mast to mourn the loss of Sergeant Mark Salesse, a search and rescue technician with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

On February 5, 2015, Sgt. Salesse, 44, was swept away by an avalanche while on a training exercise with three other members of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron in an ice climbing area in Banff National Park known as the Polar Circus. His body was recovered by his fellow SARTechs on February 11.

A JIBC graduate, Sgt. Salesse had completed a number of courses offered through the Institute. In addition to completing search and rescue medical training courses offered through JIBC’s Health Sciences Division, he also took SAR courses through JIBC’s Emergency Management Division.

“Sgt. Salesse’s passing affects our community in many ways, particularly the instructors and staff in the Health Sciences Division who knew him well and work closely with the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue (CFSSAR) for the delivery of our training,” said JIBC President and CEO Dr. Michel Tarko. “Our condolences to his family, friends and fellow SARTech team members.”

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Last updated March 5, 2015