Volunteer firefighter dies after battling residential fire near Cultus Lake

March 8, 2015

The Fraser Valley Regional District is saddened to report that Brian Smyth (pronounced Smith), a seven year member of the Columbia Valley Volunteer Fire Department, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest while at the scene of a fire on March 4, 2015. He was 57 years old.

The Columbia Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call on Iverson Road at approximately 5 p.m. on March 4. One person was home at the time of the fire, but was able to exit the building safely. Additional fire suppression support was received from the Cultus Lake and City of Chilliwack Fire Departments.

At approximately 9:20 p.m., Mr. Smyth sought medical attention and was treated on the scene. He was transported to Royal Columbian Hospital shortly thereafter, and was on life support for two days before passing away peacefully in the presence of family and friends.

Mr. Smyth continues to give back to others in death, as he donated his organs to save the lives of others. Mr. Smyth is survived by a sister, nephew, grand niece and many friends and neighbours. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date; however a full Line of Duty funeral will be arranged.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Smyth’s family, the Columbia Valley Volunteer Fire Department, and the community. We are deeply saddened,” said FVRD Board Chair Sharon Gaetz.

Electoral Area H Director Taryn Dixon said, “I know that Brian was well loved by his fellow firefighters and a respected, longtime resident of the community. His presence will be greatly missed.”