BRITISH COLUMBIA

Farewell for North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones includes RCMP honour guard

01/24/2014 09:16 EST | Updated 03/26/2014 05:59 EDT
NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. - First responders from across the province join the family and friends of North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones on Saturday to say good-bye.

A celebration of life begins at noon at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, following a 90 minute honour parade that winds 14 blocks through North Vancouver's Lonsdale neighbourhood to the theatre.

Road closures will be in effect around the parade route and Norseman Park, beside the theatre, will also be used as a landing area for four helicopters, including the 442 squadron military helicopter and RCMP Air 1, which assisted Jones and his team on so many life-saving rescues.

The public is encouraged to view the honour parade along its route and to watch the memorial service on large screens that will be set up outside the theatre, because there is only room for invited guests inside the 660 seat theatre.

Jones led North Shore Rescue for a quarter century, building the organization to one of the premiere volunteer rescue groups in the country, while saving countless lives in the deceptively treacherous canyons and gullies of Vancouver's North Shore mountains.

Jones, an advanced life support paramedic and devoted father and husband, died last Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 57.