May 12, 2015
OTTAWA - Following the release of the results of the investigations into the death of Sergeant Andrew Joseph Doiron, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement:
“To this day, our thoughts and prayers continue to rest with the family of Sgt Doiron who tragically died in service to his country.
“Two Canadian Armed Forces investigations into the events surrounding Sgt Doiron’s death are now complete, and I accept the findings which reflect the fact that Sgt Doiron and his team acted with the utmost professionalism and performed to the highest of standards. I am proud that Sgt Doiron and his colleagues have represented Canada as among the best of this nation.
“In the conduct of their duty, Canadian Armed Forces members face a certain amount of risk to their safety. The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have a duty to make sure that risk is minimized. In light of the findings of these reports, the Canadian Armed Forces has implemented additional protocols designed to mitigate the risk to Canadian Armed Forces personnel working in such environments.
“The death of Sergeant Andrew Doiron was a great sadness for the Canadian Armed Forces. We grieve his loss. We will always be grateful for his bravery and dedication to Canada’s security.”
“We will do everything we can to reduce the risk of accidental military deaths, like that of Sgt Doiron. The Canadian Armed Forces will continue with Sgt Doiron’s mission: to help our allies overcome ISIS’s campaign of terror.”
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Office of the Minister of National Defence
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