The City of Nelson and the Nelson Police Department are mourning the death of one of its officers in a fatal avalanche on January 9, 2023, at approximately 12:00 pm.
A second officer, Mathieu Nolet, age 28, was seriously injured in the avalanche and is in a local area hospital.
two officers were off-duty, touring in the backcountry near Kaslo, BC, about 60kms north of Nelson. Constable Nolet remains in critical condition in the ICU.
The deceased officer has been identified as Wade Tittemore, age 43. Constable Tittemore was a valued member of the Nelson City Police for over four years. Cst. Tittemore was an avid backcountry enthusiast who loved skiing, hiking, and backpacking. He moved to Nelson from Calgary, where he served with the Calgary Police Service for 11 years. Constable Tittemore has a wife and two sons.
“Nelson is one of the smallest municipal police forces in Canada, and we are like one big family. The impact of the death of Constable Tittemore has a profound effect on the force and our community.” Says Chief Donovan Fisher. “Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”
“Officers in a city the size of Nelson are part of the community and make connections with people, both on and off the job.” Says Janice Morrison, Mayor and Chair of the Police Board. “A tragedy like this deeply affects us all.”
Supports are in place through the City of Nelson and the Nelson Police Department to assist our employees and their families during this tragic time.
The City of Nelson, Mayor & Council and the Nelson Police Department appreciate the outpouring of condolences, support and assistance. The public is invited to email their condolences for Constable Tittemore’s family at firstname.lastname@example.org
Constable Wade Tittemore
Constable Mathieu Nolet with Chief Donovan Fisher of the Nelson Police Department