Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 22, 2010 12:20 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Corporal Darren James Fitzpatrick

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier:

"I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Corporal Darren James Fitzpatrick, a courageous Canadian soldier who died Saturday after being wounded in Afghanistan during a patrol March 6. Our thoughts are very much with you during this difficult time.

Cpl. Fitzpatrick was engaged in an international effort to help Afghanistan stand on its own and rebuild after decades of war.

Although the United Nations-mandated, NATO-led mission is difficult, measurable progress has been made in Afghanistan. Whether improving the security situation in order to set the conditions for reconstruction and development, or providing humanitarian assistance, the Canadian Forces are making a considerable difference.

Cpl. Fitzpatrick gave his life while providing hope to Afghans for a brighter future. We will continue to work with our Afghan and international partners to ensure his sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Cpl. Darren James Fitzpatrick was a member of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based at CFB Edmonton.

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