November 28, 2010 at 2:53 PM
Firefighter involved in fatal crash
100 Mile House Free Press
Published: November 23, 2010 7:00 PM
Updated: November 24, 2010 2:36 PM
Lone Butte Volunteer Fire Department (LBVFD) firefighter Henry Van Kessel died as a result of a motor-vehicle incident (MVI) on Nov. 20.
Around 10:30 a.m., Van Kessel, a three-year member with the LBVFD, was travelling to the Lone Butte fire hall in response to a mutual aid call from the Watch/North Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department for a chimney fire. Just east of the fire hall on Highway 24, Van Kessel was involved in a two-vehicle incident.
The LBVFD responded to the MVI, and discovered it was Van Kessel. They initiated first responder and auto extrication tactics, and called for mutual aid assistance from the 100
Mile House Fire-Rescue auto extrication unit.
Van Kessel was transported to the
100 Mile District General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department chief Stan McCarthy provided Workers’ Compensation Board critical incident counselling to the Lone Butte members that day and returned to Lone Butte on Nov. 22 for further counselling.
Van Kessel, 62, leaves behind family and many friends from the South Cariboo, Vancouver, Ontario and Cuba.
A service for Van Kessel will be held at the 100 Mile Community Hall Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. A memorial tea will follow.