Sunday, July 19, 2009

Van Doos Soldier killed in Afghanistan

Private Sébastien Courcy died while conducting operations in the Panjwayi District. The incident took place approximately 17 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City at around 6:00 a.m., Kandahar time, July 16.

Pte Courcy was from the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment based in Quebec City, Quebec. He was serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group.

He was evacuated by helicopter to the Role 3 Multi-National Medical Facility at the Kandahar Airfield.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, issued the following statement upon being informed of the death of Pte Courcy:

“It was with profound sadness that my husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I learned of the tragic circumstances that led to the death of Private Sébastien Courcy, member of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group, based in the City of Québec. While participating in an operation in the Panjwayi District, his unit was attacked by insurgents, and Private Courcy died following the attack.

“The challenges facing the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, which are sadly brought to light once again today, remind us of the extraordinary commitment of our soldiers who are taking part in this demanding and dangerous mission. In spite of the risks, these women and men demonstrate their limitless dedication each and every day. Driven by an unshakeable sense of duty and with their courage firmly in hand, they are pursuing an ideal of justice and freedom, giving the very best of themselves to protect a population in danger, which rightfully aspires to security and dignity.

“We join all Canadians in extending our sincerest condolences and sympathies to the family, friends, and comrades in arms of Private Courcy. We will never forget the sacrifices you have all made. Our thoughts are with you.”

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