Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 28, 2011 12:53 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Sergeant Janick Gilbert

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today issued the following statement on the death of Sergeant Janick Gilbert:

"It is with profound sadness that I learned of the death of Sergeant Janick Gilbert, a Search and Rescue Technician who died yesterday while on a rescue mission near Igloolik (Hall Bay), Nunavut. Sgt. Gilbert died while rescuing two Canadians in need. Canada will be forever grateful for his commitment to serving this nation and his last unselfish act.

I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Search and Rescue Technicians are highly trained specialists whose job it is to provide medical attention and rescue to those in distress in remote or hard-to-reach areas.

Sgt. Gilbert is a hero who deserves the gratitude and respect of his nation. He will be missed by the Canadian Forces family, and his loss will be profoundly felt in with all those with which he served."

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