Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 28, 2011 13:02 ET

Message From His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the Death of Sergeant Janick Gilbert

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2011) - Sharon and I have just received the tragic news of the death of Sergeant Janick Gilbert, a member of 8 Wing Trenton of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Sergeant Gilbert, a search and rescue technician, was taking part in a rescue operation near Igloolik (Hall Beach), Nunavut. Unfortunately, in the course of this dangerous mission, he lost his life. The operation itself resulted in the rescue of two local citizens.

He has demonstrated tremendous courage in circumstances of great peril. His sacrifice will not be in vain; we will be forever grateful to him.

On behalf of all Canadians, we offer our sincerest condolences to the family, loved ones and colleagues of Sergeant Gilbert. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

David Johnston

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