Ottawa, Ontario — Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the death of Sergeant Mark Salesse, a Search and Rescue Technician from 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron based at 17 Wing Winnipeg, following an avalanche on Thursday in Banff National Park:
“I was deeply saddened today to receive confirmation of the tragic death of Sergeant Mark Salesse, following an avalanche which occurred during a Search and Rescue training exercise in Banff National Park.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I extend our heartfelt condolences to Sergeant Salesse’s family, friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this most difficult time.
“The Canadian Armed Forces’ search and rescue technicians are some of the best trained in the world, providing on-the-scene medical aid and evacuation in some of the most hostile environments.
“This accident is a stark reminder of the very real dangers that our brave men and women in uniform face daily to defend our country and keep Canadians safe.
“Sergeant Salesse’s service and dedication to Canada will be remembered and honoured.”