‘Second Pump Peak’ on Mount Seymour has been named ‘Tim Jones Peak’ to honour the former North Shore Rescue leader.
Jones went on more than 1,400 missions and saved more than 1,600 people.
“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,” said his daughter, Taylor Jones.
Aside from his work as team leader, he was also an advanced life support paramedic and unit chief with the BC Ambulance Service.
“A hero is someone who runs toward danger when everyone else runs away… 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,” said Premier Christy Clark in a release.
Jones’ son Curtis, who is also a rescuer, says this is an honour for volunteers across the province.
“Today, one of their own is being immortalized for the very selflessness and passion that drives each and every one of us. The selflessness and passion that drives star volunteers to leave their paying jobs to go help complete strangers.”
Jones died in 2014 from a cardiac arrest while hiking Mount Seymour with his daughter and his husky.
That year, the federal government recognized him by establishing a national search and rescue tax credit in his name.
In recognition of his work, Jones has been presented with the Order of British Columbia, a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and an honorary doctorate from Capilano University.
With files from Kyle Benning