Edmonton-based soldier dies in motorcycle crash
EDMONTON – A soldier from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters, based in Edmonton, was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash near Medicine Lake, Alberta at 8 p.m. Monday.
The Canadian Forces says the soldier was Sgt. Ginette Gauthier.
Gauthier was staying at the Snaring River Campground in Jasper National Park , taking part in a unit-led activity, and was scheduled to return to Edmonton on Tuesday.
She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and was a resource management clerk.
Sgt. Gauthier served in Afghanistan and the Sinai Peninsula. She also participated in the military response to the June 2013 flooding in southern Alberta.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The local RCMP detachment is currently investigating.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Sgt. Gauthier at this very difficult time,” said Brig.-Gen. David Anderson, commander of the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
“She was a dedicated, hard-working soldier who loved to ride and whose vibrant presence will be missed within our headquarters. The people of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group are very close-knit and we will be there to support each other and that of Sgt. Gauthier’s own family to the maximum extent possible.”
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