While Doog News is dedicated to posting happy, good news and heartwarming stories, we also want to share stories of heroes. In Vancouver, BC a hero was lost recently and we want to honour him with this dedication. This is the story of Tim Jones.
Tim Jones died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 57. He was a true hero. Tim dedicated his life to saving others, literally. He provided 32 years of service with the BC Ambulance Service and the past 15 years as the Paramedic Chief at the North Vancouver Ambulance Station. Not only that, he volunteered for 25 years with North Shore Rescue and if you know the area, it is very mountainous and potentially dangerous terrain where rescues happen regularly. During his service he was involved in more than 1400 rescues saving people’s and animals lives. And in many cases, risking his own life to do so.
Throughout his years of service he was committed to life-long learning and participated in over 60 courses at the JIBC Foundation keeping up his expertise in paramedicine and rescue. Just last year Tim and North Shore Rescue were honoured at the JIBC Foundation Gala with an Award for outstanding contribution in the field of public safety. Back in 2007 Tim was recognized by JIBC with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received an honorary doctorate from Capilano University in 2012 and received the Order of British Columbia in 2011.
The day Tim died he was hiking on Mount Seymour, a place he so enjoyed and also where he spent a lot of time rescuing others. He was with his daughter, his favourite 4-legged furry friend and a teammate. While every attempt was made to save his life, he left this place with an amazing legacy.
Today, a community of thousands came together to remember this wonderful human being at a public memorial. And to further honour his dedication to his community, the North Shore Rescue, the not-for-profit Mountain Search and Rescue team of volunteers in which he was the Team Leader, has set up the Tim Jones Legacy Fund with 100% of donations going towards future rescues. Donations can be made at www.northshorerescue.com.
In addition, The JIBC Foundation has created The Tim Jones Memorial Endowment Fund which will provide tuition support for students pursuing studies in Advanced Care Paramedicine or Search and Rescue. It is hoped this award will support students who will follow in Tim’s footsteps, saving lives and serving their community. And, donations made by local MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op store) members in-stores will be matched by the company up to $10,000.
We are so grateful that there are amazingly dedicated human beings like Tim Jones in this world and he will surely be missed by many. May he and his legacy inspire us all to be a little more caring towards others.
RIP Tim Jones
May 30, 1956 – January 19, 2014
Photo: Tim’s ashes arriving to his public memorial in a blackened ambulance followed by a procession of public servants and fellow mourners.
Thanks to CTV Vancouver for live streaming the footage of Tim’s public memorial.
Photos Courtesy: North Shore Rescue, CTV Vancouver