Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

January 24, 2008 15:02 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Name of Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Released

A correction from source is issued with respect to the news release issued this morning at 10:47 ET. In the press release it should have read "Corporal Etienne Gonthier" instead of "Sapper Etienne Gonthier". The complete and corrected version follows.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 24, 2008) - Killed yesterday in Afghanistan was Corporal Etienne Gonthier, 21 year old, of 5th Combat Engineer Regiment based in Valcartier (Quebec). He was part of a team of sappers conducting route clearance ahead of a convoy in the Panjwaiyi District.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Corporal Gonthier, and with his comrades in Afghanistan who remain committed to helping Afghans improve their living conditions and build a free and democratic society.

The courage and dedication demonstrated by Corporal Gonthier in his efforts to assist the Afghan national security forces represent Canadian values in the finest tradition. He will be greatly missed.

NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

A photograph of Corporal Gonthier is available on the Combat Camera Website at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

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