Nic Meunier keeps asking himself that: If you take one,
how many must you save to make up for it?
Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne
“If you take one life and save one life, it’s not the same,” says Nic Meunier, who reached the peak of the soldiering trade before becoming a search-and-rescue technician (SAR Tech).
“If you see one person die, you might have to save like 10, or 20, maybe 100. I don’t know how many you have to save. At some point, you want to have karma balance. I wanted to save as many people as I could.
“I lived half my career with the guilt of doing bad stuff. It’s what brought me to search-and-rescue. I was tired of seeing people dying all the time.”
The Montreal native has probably saved hundreds—on and under water, in ice, in the bush, benea...