A man clinging to life in the Kelowna hospital; family says the system failed them
A young Lower Mainland man is fighting for his life at Kelowna General Hospital after he was found frozen and unconscious in the snow in Salmon Arm.
“We are basically prepared for the worst,” said Rob Stalker, the man’s brother. “We don’t expect him to get away with it.”
Jordon Stalker, 23, started a fire last Saturday at a carport on Second Nations Road.
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The fire significantly damaged the structure, destroyed the vehicle, and caused extensive smoke and water damage inside the home.
Fortunately, the two people inside managed to escape unscathed.
RCMP say an officer tracked a series of footprints in the fresh snow and followed them into thick bush behind the residence for approximately two kilometres.
It was then that the officer located Stalker lying unconscious in the snow.
“The only piece of clothing left was his sock…he was naked,” Rob Stalker said. “He has severe frostbite in several places on his body.”
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Police said the officer immediately started CPR.
A second officer from the Kelowna Police Dog Section also drove down the road to help search and rescue the unresponsive man.
Jordon Stalker was eventually taken to a waiting ambulance and then flown to Kelowna.
“I understand it was like three feet of snow. It was too difficult to transport it, ”said Samantha Stalker, moved.
“The officer is a former paramedic. Jordan was lucky to have all of these people in place.
Both Samantha and Rob said they felt very bad for the family whose home was damaged, but stressed that Jordon’s actions were not malicious.
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“The moment he started the fire, it was, you know, to warm up,” Rob said. “My brother is not an arsonist.”
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“He’s not a bad person,” Samantha said. “Jordy has the biggest heart in the world, someone who would give you the shirt off his back.”
The family say Jordon, who has been in and out of the justice and mental health system, has suffered from mental health issues for years — issues they say ultimately led to drug use.
“From there I believe a strong surge of psychosis took effect…systematically tagged the addict and placed in rehab centers with no holding grounds and just being released.”
In fact, the Lower Mainland family says Jordon was taken to a treatment center outside Kamloops by corrections when he left and went to Salmon Arm.
The family thinks he may have hitchhiked to see an ex-girlfriend.
“He had nowhere to stay there so he was walking around and nowhere to stay. It was cold…and he wasn’t dressed for it,” Samantha Stalker said.
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The family is upset that many attempts to get the help their loved one needed have ended in this situation.
“We tried as a family to give him sanity and he’s been in and out of the justice system and you know, in and out of the sanity system and nothing came of it,” Rob Stalker said.
They think the system failed Jordan.
“The problem with him being an adult is that if he can make a conscious decision, there’s nothing the family can do. We don’t have any information,” Rob said.
“The only reason we knew he was here was because we got a phone call from the police. We had no idea when he was released, where he was or what. whether it be.
They are hoping to piece it together and are imploring anyone who may have seen Jordon in the Kamloops or Salmon Arm areas to contact them for help retracing his steps.
“Help me understand what happened here,” Rob said.
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The family said police did not lay any charges.
“I feel like the big base here is the lack of mental health support he received,” Rob Stalker said.
“If anything can come from this, maybe, you know, the chance to impact someone else in this situation, a mother, a brother, a sister, a father, a loved one. Need more support. »
If you would like to contact Rob Stalker, you can do so by emailing [email protected]
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