Canadian soldier dies during training in Bulgaria

Ottawa: Bombardier Patrick Labrie, a member of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, Ontario, has died as a result of his injuries during parachute training as part of Exercise Swift Response 19.

The tragic accident occurred around 10 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on June 17 in Cheshnegirovo, Bulgaria.

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

A Canadian Military Police investigation has been initiated; however, no further information is available at this time.

Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, said: “I share in the mourning for the loss of Bombardier Patrick Labrie along with the entire Canadian Armed Forces family. We are reminded of the cost of service to our country each time a member of the Canadian Armed Forces family passes away while preparing to defend Canada.

“I extend my sincere condolences to Patrick’s family as well as his sisters and brothers in arms.”

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