As many of you know by now, two of our best and well loved Nelson Police Department officers were caught in an avalanche on January 9, 2023 near Kaslo, BC while ski touring off duty.
Constable Mathieu (Mat) Nolet sustained critical injuries during the avalanche and remains in intensive care.
Constable Wade Tittemore tragically succumbed to injuries as a result of the event and is no longer with us.
Wade joined NPD four years ago from Calgary Police Service and quickly demonstrated his skill, empathy and enthusiasm for his job. He was an immediate natural fit and quickly became loved by all NPD staff. His energy and sense of humour will be missed by all of those who knew him. Wade is survived by his two loving sons, wife and by his sister, mother and father. Our condolences and deepest sympathies go out to Wade’s family during this tragic time of loss. Wade’s absence is felt by so many he met in the community.
Mat joined NPD just over a year ago also from Calgary Police Service. Mat came highly recommended and regarded by CPS and like Wade, was a quick natural fit with NPD demonstrating compassion and maturity well beyond his years of experience. Mat is loved by all NPD staff and our wishes for a fast recovery go out to Mat and his family during this time.
The love of the backcountry and outdoors brought both Mat and Wade together as friends and was also a main reason for them to choose Nelson as their home.
We are asking you give whatever you can to reach our goal and reduce financial stress for both of these amazing officers and their families in their time of need.
Our thanks to RCMP, Kaslo SAR, fellow backcountry enthusiasts, doctors, nurses, first responders, air support, the public and brothers and sisters throughout the province and country for their support in the rescue, recovery and treatment efforts provided during this time. The outpouring of support already has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated.
Nelson Police Association