Canadian Military SAR Technician Dies In Training Accident Near Yorkton

Master-Corporal Alfred Barr was from Lethbridge Alberta, and was engaged to be married

In our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to forget that there are people risking everything to keep us safe and protect our freedoms.

Those risks aren’t only in overseas deployments, but also here at home.

Master-Corporal Alfred Barr – a member of 435 Transport & Rescue Squadron at 17 Wing based out of CFB Winnipeg – died in a training accident that took place near Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

Barr was from Lethbridge Alberta. He was engaged to be married.

The military has not released more specific details about what took place. However, the Directorate of Flight Safety for the RCAF is said to be investigating.

The Chief of National Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance issued a statement on Barr’s death:

“Every year, our Search and Rescue Squadrons and Technicians conduct thousands of daring exercises and real-life missions to keep Canadians safe. This is not easy work. Today’s loss is a reflection of that selflessness that characterizes their profession.”

Master Corporal Barr was part of heroic rescue in 2016

In the summer of 2016, Barr was part of a heroic rescue that saved the lives of a family of four from Nunavut who ended up adrift in Hudson Bay. They were hunting narwhals when their boat broke down, leaving them stranded. They were rescued at 3:00 am by Barr and other Search and Rescue Technicians. Four people are alive because of what Barr and his team did.

Honour those who serve, in life and in death

Each of us owes a tremendous debt to those who serve. Those like Master Corporal Barr who risk their lives to save others are the true heroes of our society and our country. We must honour them in life by giving them the support they need, and we must honour them in death, by sharing their story and remembering their sacrifice.

Master Corporal Barr is a Canadian hero, and people across our country join in honouring his service and sending thoughts and prayers to his family.

Spencer Fernando