Coquitlam SAR would like to express our condolences to the family and colleagues of Sgt Janick Gilbert. Sgt. Gilbert was a Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicion with 424 Squadron in Trenton, Ontario. Sgt. Gilbert was part of a team of 3 SAR Techs that parachuted into a remote part of northern canada.
Coquitlam SAR shares a close connection with the CF SAR Tech community. Most recently, 442 Squadron SAR Techs and Coquitlam SAR worked together on a SAR operation for 3 stranded hikers north of Pitt Lake.
Former Coquitlam SAR member Mike Neilson was one of the first “direct entry” applicants to the SAR Tech program and most recently met with current Coquitlam SAR members on a climbing expedition to Mt Logan in the Yukon Territory.
Current Coquitlam SAR member Roland Webb was the Lead Instructor for Sgt. Gilbert’s Primary Care Paramedic training in the fall of 2002. Janick is remembered as a excellent student and solid team player.
Sgt. Gilbert (then Corporal) is in the standing row, 3rd student from the left.
The official announcement from the DND can be seen here