Feature Story                                                                                               Tuesday January 17, 2012


Air 5 Crashes Near Cultus Lake

Police helicopter pilot succumbs to injuries

Craig Hill/Voice photo


RCMP closed streets ahead of the convoy above bringing the injured chopper pilot to Chilliwack General Hospital Tuesday afternoon.


hortly before 2 P.M., Air 5 police helicopter crashed east of Cultus Lake at the ex-military operations site training area off Vance Rd.


The injured pilot was taken to Chilliwack General in a police vehicle, while other officers stopped traffic ahead of the convoy. Sources told the Voice at the time that the pilot was in critical condition, however at 3:30 P.M. the Transportation Board confirmed that the pilot had succumbed to his injuries. He was the only person on board the aircraft at the time it went down.


Initially, a Medivac chopper was called, but it was decided to take the pilot in one of the vehicles instead.


Vance Rd. at Sleepy Hollow Rd. was completely shut down to traffic as RCMP secured the crash site.


The RCMP confirmed that the name of the pilot is David (Dave) Brolin. He was 46 years old and joined the RCMP in June 2006.

"At this point, there are many unanswered questions and the Transportation Safety Board and the British Columbia Coroners Service will conduct this investigation," said Chief Superintendent Wayne Rideout, Deputy Criminal Operations Officer, “E” Division.

The pilot was a civilian member of the RCMP.

"This man was also a part of our RCMP family and he will be missed," said Rideout in the press release issued Tuesday. "Many RCMP members and employees will be impacted by this loss and we are ensuring that proper support is available to them."


Wednesday January 18, 2012

BC Premier Christy Clark statement


remier Christy Clark and Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety, Solicitor General and Attorney General, issued the following statement following yesterday’s RCMP helicopter crash near Cultus Lake:


“I was deeply saddened to learn of this tragic loss and my thoughts are with the family, friends and co-workers of pilot Dave Brolin, who was a civilian member of the RCMP,” said Premier Clark. “This serves as a reminder to all of us of the bravery and dedication of emergency responders who work to further public safety and aid British Columbians in times of great need.”


“On behalf of all British Columbians, we want to thank the emergency response team members who had been practising in the area with Mr. Brolin, and who applied their skills quickly to aid their downed colleague,” said Bond. “In police work, the safety of first responders is always the paramount consideration. We know this loss will particularly touch RCMP members, and indeed all of those who work each and every day to further public safety in our communities.”


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