Many heavy hearts are mourning the passing of a veteran firefighter in Oliver.
The Oliver Fire Department has announced the sudden passing of Dwayne Emery, who served the community for 20 years.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” the department says on its Facebook page.
Comments are pouring in from many people who knew Emery. One wrote: “Your love for your community, family and friends is your legacy, dear man. Please hug your loved ones, folks, life can change in an instant.”
Other posts indicated that Emery was such a kind, gentle, caring soul. “Loved by many, gone a lifetime too early.”
Condolences are even pouring in from other departments, such as the Labrador West Search and Rescue team, and the Sechelt fire squad.