First responders from Kelowna to Nelson lined up along highways Thursday to pay respects to the Nelson Police Department’s Const. Wade Tittemore.
The convoy carrying Tittemore, who died in an avalanche Monday that also critically injured Const. Mathieu Nolet, was met on its journey back to Nelson by police, firefighters and paramedic units throughout the Okanagan and West Kootenay.
NPD and RCMP officers, Nelson Fire and Rescue members, BC Ambulance Service staff and local sheriffs saluted Tittemore as the convoy entered Nelson on a rainy afternoon.
Tittemore and Nolet were ski touring when they were caught in an avalanche in an area north of Kaslo.
Nolet remains in the ICU at Trail’s Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital with multiple broken ribs and bones as well as internal injuries.
An online fundraiser for Tittemore’s family and Nolet has raised just over $40,000 as of Thursday afternoon.