Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 15, 2006 12:13 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Deaths of Sergeant Darcy Scott Tedford and Private Blake Neil Williamson

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 15, 2006) - The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the deaths of Sergeant Darcy Scott Tedford and Private Blake Neil Williamson:

"The Canadian Forces mourn the deaths of Sergeant Darcy Scott Tedford and Private Blake Neil Williamson who paid the ultimate sacrifice yesterday in Afghanistan.

No words can express the grief of family and friends when loved ones are lost.

My heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Sergeant Tedford and Private Williamson. We also hope for a speedy recovery of those injured today.

Sergeant Tedford and Private Williamson were killed when their unit was ambushed near a road development project in the Panjwayi area of Afghanistan, west of Kandahar. This road project is vital to local development and progress.

The risks involved in our mission in Afghanistan are present, but the men and women of the Canadian Forces remain committed to the mission to help Afghan people establish a better future.

Canadians support and commend their determination, and I am forever grateful for the sacrifice of Sergeant Tedford and Private Williamson."

Sergeant Tedford and Private Williamson were members of 1 Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ontario.

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