Advertisement

IN PHOTOS: Canadians honour Sgt. Andrew Doiron along the Highway of Heroes

Military pallbearers from the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command carry the flag-draped casket of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron.
Military pallbearers from the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command carry the flag-draped casket of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron. (Combat Camera)

TORONTO – The body of Sgt. Andrew Doiron, who was killed in Iraq last Friday, returned home Tuesday as flag waving Canadians gathered to honour the fallen soldier as he made his way down the “Highway of Heroes.”

Sgt. Doiron became the first casualty in Canada’s mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after he was shot and killed in what has been labelled a “friendly fire” incident with Kurdish forces. Three other Canadian soldiers were wounded during an exchange of gunfire.

READ MORE: Sgt. Andrew Doiron honoured in repatriation ceremony at CFB Trenton

There have been conflicting reports about Doiron’s death with Kurdish peshmerga officials blaming Canadians for the shooting, a claim Canadian officials have flatly denied.

A senior government official told Global News that the Kurdish account “misrepresents the facts on the ground.” The official said the Canadians were not at fault and had been at the same position earlier in the day and informed the Kurds they would return later that evening.

Story continues below advertisement

The death of the 31-year-old has led to an outpouring of support as crowds gathered on overpasses along a stretch of Highway 401 that became known as the “Highway of Heroes” during Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan. Below are images as Sgt. Andrew Doiron was honoured in a repatriation ceremony at CFB Trenton before making his way to Toronto.

17
Military pallbearers from the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command carry the flag-draped casket of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Trenton, Ont., on Tuesday March 10, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OP Impact, DND
27
Family members hold flowers as they view the casket of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Trenton, Ont., on Tuesday March 10, 2015. The Canadian Press/Lars Hagberg
37
People wave Canadian flags as the hearse carrying the casket of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron leaves Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Trenton, Ont., on Tuesday March 10, 2015. Sgt. Doiron was killed by friendly fire during operation Impact on March 6 in northern Iraq. .THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
47
Hunter Vickers, 19, of Belleville, Ont., peers through the fence at CFB Trenton, Ont., on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, as the body of Sgt. Andrew Doiron returns from Iraq. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel
57
People stand at the fence at CFB Trenton as the body of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron arrives at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Trenton, Ont., on Tuesday March 10, 2015. Sgt. Doiron was killed by friendly fire during operation Impact on March 6, in northern Iraq. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
67
Military pallbearers from the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command carry the flag-draped casket of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron. (Combat Camera)
Story continues below advertisement
77
Members of Operation IMPACT carry the flag-draped casket of their fallen comrade, Sgt. Andrew Doiron, onto a CC-177 Globemaster for the final journey home during a ramp ceremony in Kuwait on Monday, March 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OP Impact, DND

Police officers, firefighters and others also posted images on social in honour of Sgt. Doiron

Story continues below advertisement

Sponsored content