Firefighters mourn colleague

North Westside firefighters gathered to mourn a fallen colleague.

Volunteer firefighters and an engine attended the funeral of Regan Toker Thursday. He died during an industrial accident in West Kelowna March 1.

“He had only been with  us for six months but when he walked through the door, I knew he was a keeper,” said Wayne Carson, North Westside fire chief.

“He was very active at practices. He fit in very well with the crew.”

The 36-year-old Westshore Estates resident was under a storage structure inside the Collins-Toker Agencies building when it collapsed.

A heavy load of materials landed on top of Toker, who was eventually found by friends who had been trying to locate him.

Counsellors were brought in to assist North Westside firefighters cope with the tragedy.

“He’s going to be missed by the department and the community as a whole,” said Carson.

“He had the makings of being a really good firefighter.”

Toker was the father of two sons, aged 11 and 13.

The accident is currently being investigated by Worksafe B.C.