Community

Water rescue team founder's family accepts award in Victoria

THERZA MANDUR accepts a Lifetime Achievement Award from Emergency Management BC for her late husband Joe Mandur Sr. in Victoria May 30. - CONTRIBUTED
THERZA MANDUR accepts a Lifetime Achievement Award from Emergency Management BC for her late husband Joe Mandur Sr. in Victoria May 30.
— image credit: CONTRIBUTED

A LIFETIME achievement award was given to a late Terrace resident for his commitment to Water Rescue volunteering here.

Joe Mandur Sr. had been nominated for the award by Terrace Water Rescue here posthumously and his widow Therza and son Joe Jr. accepted it on his behalf in Victoria May 30.

The following writeup went with his award to explain how it came about.

In 1989, Terrace and its neighbouring communities were shocked by the tragic death of a young boy who drowned in an icy pond.

In response to this terrible loss, this year’s Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award recipient, Joe Mandur, approached several members of the local dive community to form an aquatic search and rescue team.

This small group of five grew into the Terrace Water Rescue Team, which is now recognized by the RCMP, Canadian Coast Guard, Emergency Management BC, and Department of National Defence.

Joe’s expertise, leadership, and experience over the past 20 years were foundational to the team’s ability to provide life saving water and surface ice rescue services to Terrace, nearby communities, and across the province.

As a leader, Joe was recognized as a humble, highly skilled, and patient mentor who eagerly encouraged, supported and trained more than three generations of Water Rescue Team members to do their jobs safely with precision and excellence.

Sadly, Joe passed away recently after his own heroic battle with cancer.

He leaves behind a lasting legacy of commitment, community service, and the respect and gratitude of all those that he knew.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

One last holdup on B.C. railway tracks
 
Seniors cut ribbon for new elevator
 
Special constables help stop bullying
Special Olympians shellac RCMP at soccer game
 
Date set for murder trial of Terrace girl in Kamloops
 
A messy start to 24/7 recycling in Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert students promote school zone speed
 
Paws and Claws donates funds to Cannery Road Animal Rescue
 
Masset army barracks disappearing

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.