Members of the North Shore Rescue (NSR) team are mourning the loss of one of their own today, after announcing “with tremendous sadness” that member Jay Piggot had lost his battle with cancer.
In a touching tribute posted to NSR’s Facebook page, the organization said Piggot’s “commitment to the team and his career saw him continuing to save lives, even while fighting for his own.”
The full text of the announcement reads below:
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of NSR Team Member, and BC Ambulance Paramedic, Jay Piggot. Jay’s prolonged battle with cancer ended this morning in hospital.
In these heart breaking circumstances we wish our deepest condolences to his loving wife Denise, and his two boys, Jake and Max.
As many will know, Jay was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma two years ago and mounted a monumental fight against this devastating cancer. With the support of his amazing family, friends, colleagues and the greater community, Jay’s tenacity and strength were awe inspiring. In the midst of fighting for his own life, Jay achieved full-time status with the BC Ambulance Service as a paramedic, and was also selected for the NSR helicopter flight rescue team.
His commitment to the team and his career saw him continuing to save lives, even while fighting for his own. He truly embodied the SAR motto, “That others May Live”.
The world lost another hero today. Jay will be greatly missed by all of us.