Updated: Delta firefighter victim of fatal collision

The Langley man struck and killed by a pickup truck Thursday night was a longtime Delta firefighter.

Mark Janson, 54, was walking his dog when he was hit by an F350 pick up truck in the 5700-block of 240th Street at around 9:20 p.m.

The 24-year-old man driving the pickup, along with his passengers, stayed at the scene and performed CPR on the victim until BC Ambulance paramedics arrived, said Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Langley RCMP.

A 26-year veteran of the Delta Fire Department, Janson was an acting battalion captain, emergerncy vehicle operator instructor and participated in a number of department committees, said Chief Dan Copeland.

"He was just like one of those firefighters that was all about firefighting and keeping the community safe," Copeland said.

"This is a very difficult time for everyone in the department and a hard loss as Mark was a highly respected officer and well liked member of our team," he said.

Janson is survived by his wife and son.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Captain Janson’s family and his friends," Copeland said.The driver was cooperative with police and extremely distraught about the incident, Marks said.

There are no street lights on the road, which leads away from 56th Avenue towards the Tall Timbers neighbourhood.

Janson was apparently wearing dark clothing at the time.

The driver was not impaired by alcohol or drugs, and speed is not believed to have been a factor.

The Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) attended the scene of the crash and is investigating with Langley RCMP Traffic Services.

The truck was seized for a mechanical inspection.

The RCMP Client Support and Victim Services team has been notified and is offering assistance to those impacted by the incident, said Marks.

– with files from The Province and the Delta Optimist


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