The former team leader of North Shore Rescue has been permanently memorialized on a mountain he loved.
Today, the B.C. government announced that Mount Seymour's 1,425-metre Second Pump Peak is now known as Tim Jones Peak.
Jones was a paramedic who volunteered countless hours to search for people lost in the backcountry of the North Shore mountains.
Under his leadership, North Shore Rescue became the first become the organization of its kind in B.C. to conduct long-line rescues by helicopter.
In 2014, he died of a heart attack at the age of 57 while hiking on Mount Seymour.
“We are incredibly touched to have the province honour our father's volunteerism in this way," Jones's daughter Taylor said in a B.C. government news release. "We will be forever grateful to have a mountain peak named after him as a symbol of his dedication, commitment, and passion for helping the people of British Columbia. We will hike to this peak frequently and be reminded of how lucky we were to spend part of our lives with such a caring, compassionate and adventurous father.”
The province timed the announcement to coincide with Avalanche Awareness Days this weekend (January 21 and 22).
“A hero is someone who runs toward danger when everyone else runs away," Premier Christy Clark said. "Countless times, Tim Jones headed out into the dark and the cold to help people in B.C.’s rugged backcountry. Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters are alive today because of Tim’s selflessness and dedication.”