The Timmins Police wish to acknowledge the tragic accidental deaths of Constable Tittemore and Constable Mathieu Nolet.
Both men were injured in an avalanche near Kaslo, British Columbia.
Const. Mathieu Nolet, left, is pictured with Chief Supt. Donovan Fisher when Nolet first joined the Nelson Police Department.
The police department says Nolet died in a Kelowna hospital Saturday morning due to injuries he suffered in a backcountry avalanche.
Mathieu is the son of retired OPP Sergeant Jenn Nolet and retired Constable Gino Nolet, who served formerly at the Hearst OPP detachment.
Const. Mathieu Nolet, 28, was skiing with his colleague Wade Tittemore in a mountain pass 60 kilometres north of Nelson on Jan. 9, when the two were swept down the mountain in a large avalanche.
“Const. Nolet suffered severe internal injuries and died this morning in hospital in Kelowna,” the Nelson Police Department said in a news release Saturday.
Tittemore, 43, died of injuries on the scene and was posthumously promoted to detective.
“It is hard to fully express the sadness the department is feeling right now,” said Chief Const. Donovan Fisher in a video posted online.
“The memorial for Const. Tittemore was this past week, and now we’ve lost a second officer and friend. It is truly devastating.”
Tittemore and Nolet were avid backcountry skiers, had plenty of experience and training and were both carrying probes, beacons and other avalanche safety gear.
The day of the avalanche, Nolet was found and rescued by four people who witnessed the slide.
The Timmins Police Service wishes to convey its condolences to the respective families of these officers and their colleagues in law enforcement.
The depth of this tragic loss cannot be measured as each of these men were held in high regard by their peers.