Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group

5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group

January 18, 2011 13:05 ET

Death of Soldier at CFB Valcartier

CFB VALCARTIER, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2011) - A soldier died at approximately 10:00 hrs Monday morning after falling from the roof of a building at CFB Valcartier. Corporal Jean-Michel Déziel, a member of the Headquarters and Signals Squadron, was in the process of installing a telecommunications antenna when the incident occurred. The soldier was immediately evacuated to the Laval Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Corporal Déziel this morning. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family, those close to him, and to his colleagues," said Colonel Jean-Marc Lanthier, the Commander of the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade. "This young soldier who served a tour in Afghanistan had a resoundingly promising career ahead of him in the Canadian Forces. His unexpected and premature death represents a profound loss to our organization."

The incident is under investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service. As a result, no further details will be released in connection with the circumstances surrounding the fatality at this time.

Corporal Jean-Michel Déziel had served with the Canadian Forces since October 2006. A signals operator, he served a tour in Afghanistan in 2009.

One of the key roles of the soldiers of the Headquarters and Signals Squadron, an integral unit of the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, is to provide communications links between command elements and operational forces.

Contact Information

  • 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
    Lieutenant Dennis Noel
    Public Affairs Officer
    418-844-5000. Local 4688
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