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Canadian soldier from Petawawa killed during exercise in Bulgaria

This photo shows Canadian soldiers during parachute training in 2014. Canadian Forces photo.
This photo shows Canadian soldiers during parachute training in 2014. Canadian Forces photo.

A Canadian soldier from Petawawa has died during a training exercise in Bulgaria, the Department of National Defence says.

Bombardier Patrick Labrie, a member of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, Ont., was killed. He died as as a result of his injuries during parachute training as part of Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19. The accident occurred around 10 p.m. on June 17 in Cheshnegirovo, Bulgaria.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Bombardier Patrick Labrie,” Canadian Army commander Lt.-Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier said Tuesday in a statement. “Not only is his death a painful loss to his family and friends, but we feel this loss across the Canadian Army and throughout the entire military community. Chief Warrant Officer Stu Hartnell and I extend our sincere condolences, on behalf of all ranks of the Canadian Army, to the family and friends of Bombardier Labrie.”

Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19 is a multinational airborne training exercise taking place from June 8 to 27 in various locations throughout Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania.

A Canadian military police investigation has been started.


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