February 13, 2015

Mark Salesse - a Canadian Search and Rescue Technician killed in an avalanche

Mark Salesse
Sgt. Mark Salesse, age 44, died on February 5, 2015, in Banff National Park, Alberta. 

Mark was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and was a Search and Rescue Technician with the 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron based at 17 Wing Winnipeg. 

Mark and three other members of the Squadron were on a training exercise which involved scaling a popular ice climbing route in the Park. This exercise is to practice mountain climbing skills. During the exercise Mark was swept away by an avalanche. His body was recovered on February 11, 2015. 

An investigation into his death will be conducted. 

Mark was a native of Bathurst, New Brunswick.  He had served as an Air Cadet and a Governor General's Foot Guard. He worked in search and rescue at Canadian Forces Bases at Comox, British Columbia and Goose Bay, Labrador. He had been a search and rescue technician since 2004 and a member of 17 Wing since 2012. 

He also served two tours of duty in Bosnia and received a medal of bravery.

Family members describe Mark as a gentle giant who loved his work. He did his best. He devoted his life to trying to keep others safe.  His family are extremely proud of him.

Friends and comrades describe Mark as a hard worker, friendly and energetic.  He
Light a candle for Mark.  Light his way
to Heaven.
was well-respected by his peers. 

The 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron is in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered.

Mark's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Mark is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother and father.

Thank you for your service, Mark.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Mark is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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