Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

January 24, 2008 10:47 ET

Name of Canadian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Released

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 24, 2008) - Killed yesterday in Afghanistan was Sapper 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 Sapper 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 Sapper 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 Sapper Gonthier is available on the Combat Camera Website at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

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