Sar Tech Honour Roll

Recognizing the inherent danger that is part of the Para Rescue/ Sar Tech trade, some of the members have paid the ultimate price and have given their lives in the demanding and necessary duty of Search and Rescue. May their lives in the demanding and necessary duty of Search and Rescue. May our Heavenly Father bless them all.

The Honour Roll is as follows:

Sgt Joseph Armand Jean Roy born 5 January 1964 from Montreal QC,  born 28 January 1927 in Hamilton, Ontario who as a member of 424 Sqn, passed away during a training accident on May 29, 1969 in Trenton, Nova Scotia.

Sgt Joseph Rene Lemieux born 11 October 1934 in Ottawa Ontario, member of 440 Sqn passed away when his CC-129 Dakota (R390) crashed during a rescue mission near Paulatuk, Northwest Territories on 2 November 1971.

Cpl William Edwin Platt born 30 July 1946 in Winnipeg Manitoba as members of 440 Sqn passed away when his CC-129 Dakota (R390) crashed during a rescue mission near Paulatuk, Northwest Territories on 2 November 1971.

Cpl Jean Clément Lemay born 2 August 1951 in Ste. Croix, Québec who as a member of 442 Sqn passed away during a dive training exercise 22 June 1978 near Hornby Island, British Columbia

Cpl Richard John Cocks from Kent England, born on 7 February 1955, as a member of 424 Sqn, passed away when his CC130 Hercules aircraft
(R312) crashed near Chapais QC while searching for a lost helicopter on 15 October 1980.

Cpl Ronald Wade Fisher from Antigonish Nova Scotia, born on 20 December 1952, as a member of 424 Sqn, passed away when his CC130 Hercules aircraft
(R312) crashed near Chapais QC while searching for a lost helicopter on 15 October 1980.

Sgt John Ronald O’Neill from Hamilton ON, born on 21 August 1938, as a member of 424 Sqn, passed away when his CC130 Hercules aircraft
(R312) crashed near Chapais QC while searching for a lost helicopter on 15 October 1980.

Corporal Phillip Lloyd Cyril Young born 27 January 1963 in Sydney, Nova Scotia who passed away when his CH-113 Labrador helicopter from 442 Sqn crashed while on a rescue mission in the mountains near Bella Coola, British Columbia on 30 April 1992.

 Sgt Joseph Armand Jean Roy born 5 January 1964 from Montreal QC, who passed away when his CH-113 Labrador helicopter, from 413 Search and Rescue squadron, crashed on 2 October 1998 near Masoui, Québec.

 MCpl Darrell Cronin, born 21 July 1966 from St John’s Newfoundland, who passed away when his CH-113 Labrador helicopter, from 413 Search and Rescue squadron, crashed on 2 October 1998 near Masoui, Québec.

 MCpl Kirk Bradley Noel born September 9, 1972 in St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador who as a member of 413 Sqn passed away when his CH-149 Cormorant helicopter crashed into the sea during a night training mission 13 July 2006 near Chebucto, Nova Scotia.

Sgt Janick Joseph Benoit Gilbert from Baie-Comeau QC born 16 May 1977 who passed away during a rescue mission near Igoolik Bay NWT on 27 October 2011. 

Sgt Mark Anthony Salesse from Bathurst NB, born 11 Dec 1970 who passed away in the mountains near Banff, Alberta during a training exercise on 5 February 2015.

MCpl Alfred Ernest Bar born on 22 May 1985 in Prince George, British Columbia, who passed away during a training exercise near Yorkton, Saskatchewan on 8th March 2017. 

 

The Red Beret

Hush, my son, don’t cry,

Your too wise for your three years,

I can’t tell you why he died,

I don’t know how to dry your tears.  

 

I can tell you that he loved us,

I can tell you to great length,

But we weren’t the only ones,

That depended on his strength.

 

There were many other people,

With little boys like you,

That Daddy went to look for,

Because it is what he had to do.  

 

It’s not much consolation,

Though I tell you time again,

He died for what he lived for,

Along with seven other men.  

 

Someday you’ll be a man,

And go your separate way,

But I know I’ll be damned proud,

If you wear a RED BERET.

 

 

Written by ‘BETTE PLATT’ in memory of her husband Cpl Bill Platt, who was killed on duty in a Dakota Crash in 1971