Cultus Lake, Chilliwack | 17 Jan 2012
Statement issued by Chief Superintendent Wayne Rideout,
Deputy Criminal Operations Officer, “E” Division
I can confirm that, this afternoon, an RCMP helicopter crashed in the Cultus Lake area of Chilliwack.
It is with incredible sadness that I must now report that our pilot has passed away.
At this point, there are many unanswered questions and the Transportation Safety Board and the British Columbia Coroners Service will conduct this investigation.
What we do know at this time is:
• that the helicopter had just successfully completed a training exercise and was preparing to return to base when the helicopter was seen crashing.
• that our pilot was the sole occupant.
• that our pilot was taken to hospital by RCMP Emergency Response Team members who were present as part of the training exercise.
• that the pilot was a Civilian Member of the RCMP.
The RCMP can now confirm that the name of the pilot is David (Dave) Brolin. He was 46 years old and joined the RCMP in June 2006.
This man was also a part of our RCMP family and he will be missed. Many RCMP members and employees will be impacted by this loss and we are ensuring that proper support is available to them.
I want to express my most sincere condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers during this difficult time.