Jeffrey Dean was an accomplished skydiver.
< p class="e-p">On the ground, Jeffrey Dean was a firefighter. In the air, thousands of feet above the ground, he was a “Canadian skydiving icon”.
Friends and members of the community of Fitzroy Harbour, the rural Ottawa village where the deceased lived, remember the 45-year-old as a devoted father, expert skydiver and of a person who is always willing to help others.
Jeffrey Dean died on Wednesday afternoon after attempting a landing near Arnprior Airport .
Jeff was one of the nation's most accomplished and experienced skydivers. He has been a true mentor to many people for a very long time, said Jake Mason, owner of Parachute Ottawa.
In a statement released Thursday morning, Parachute Ottawa said Mr. Dean had over 4,000 jumps under his belt.
His parachute deployed correctly, but the man was injured landing as a result of an accident. #x27;an advanced maneuver, according to the company.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Fitzroy Harbor is a small, tight-knit community, and several residents said they were devastated by Mr. Dean's death.
Kelly Tucker is a neighbor of the family. She says she knows her members well and they are devastated by this loss.
He was a great father. He loved his children, she said. [He was] a very kind soul who loved helping people and had a real passion for skydiving.
Jeffrey Dean was shy and quiet, says Tucker. The one thing he talked about with everyone was his love of skydiving. His wife, she continues, told him that he had pushed his limits and tried many daring things since he was a child.
He tasted of life and it is a tragedy that he left so soon, she adds.
An investigation is ongoing into the death of Jeffrey Dean.
The Ottawa Fire Services Chief Paul Hutt noted that Jeffrey Dean signed up as a volunteer firefighter in 2010 and became a permanent member in 2012.
He was a beloved member of the service, the chief wrote on Twitter before offering his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
OPP Ontario and the Ministry of Labor are investigating the incident. Parachute Ottawa said it is cooperating with police.
In a statement to CBC, the department said it was notified of a death in Arnprior on Wednesday, saying the deceased was self-employed under the Skydive Ratings Canada brand. An inspector has been assigned to investigate.
In a Facebook post by Skydive Ratings Canada, Mr. Dean was noted as one of the founders of a project to help young skydivers become coaches and instructors.
Jeffrey Dean was an avid rock climber, motorcyclist and mountain biker, and was a vital part of the Ottawa community, the statement added. He also ran the Fire Venturers program, which helps young people experience a career as a firefighter, and was a true hero in our community.
Jeffrey Dean met his wife by skydiving, and his whole family got into the business.
According to Ms Tucker, Fitzroy Harbor is shaken by what happened , but the village is already pulling together to support the family, offering condolences and preparing meals as they mourn.
With information from Dan Taekema, CBC News