They are trained to rescue people and to put their own lives on the line.
The victim's wife is understandably upset and angry. That, however, does not change the fact that Mr. Marin put his own life at risk. Perhaps, given what Mrs. Marin must have known about weather conditions, she should have kept her husband from getting on his bike and riding.
Don't get me wrong, this is a tragic situation--there is no denying that. Ultimately, however, we are (or should be) responsible for our own action.
That, Jed, IMHO is the key issue here.