Kelowna RCMP members have paid tribute to a fallen police officer.
RCMP cruisers joined a procession from the Nelson Police Department along Springfield Road this morning. It was to honour 28-year-old Const. Mathieu Nolet.
Const. Nolet was the second NPD officer to die from injuries suffered in a January 9 avalanche near Kaslo. The slide also claimed the life of Const. Wade Tittemore (who was posthumously promoted to detective).
Both officers worked for the Calgary Police Service before moving to Nelson.
Const. Tittemore had served for 11 years in Calgary, before joining the NPD four years ago. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.
Const. Nolet suffered severe internal injuries and passed away at Kelowna General Hospital on Saturday. His parents and fiance had travelled from Ontario to be at his side.
"Const. Nolet also started his career with Calgary Police Service where after roughly a year he transferred to Nelson to take advantage of the many outdoor activities and the beautiful scenery," said Chief Const. Donovan Fisher with Nelson police.
He chose Nelson as his home because of his love for the backcountry and dedication to community policing.
“We have one of the smallest municipal police forces in the country,” said Mayor Janice Morrison. “This tragedy has hit us hard; our deepest condolences go out to constable Nolet’s family.”
Condolences from the public for both of the constable’s families can be sent to [email protected].
First responders in Kelowna also paid their respects on Jan. 12 when Tittemore's body was transported through the city.