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Full military funeral planned for S&R technician

Nov. 4, 2011, CFB Trenton, Ont. - A full military funeral will be held Saturday in Quebec for a search-and-rescue technician who died during a mission in Nunavut.


November 4, 2011
By The Canadian Press

Sgt. Janick Gilbert died Oct. 27 while he and two other rescue technicians from 424 squadron were trying to rescue two men stranded in a boat in choppy water.

They had jumped from a C-130 Hercules airplane to the men in the Hecla Strait, 25 kilometres east of Igloolik, but Gilbert died before a rescue helicopter arrived to pick them up.

Visitation for Gilbert will be held at a Quebec City funeral home (Complexe Funeraire Henri-Bourassa) on Friday afternoon and evening.

The funeral is set for CFB Valcartier on Saturday afternoon.

Born in Baie-Comeau, Que., Gilbert was based at CFB Trenton.

Trenton base commander Col. Sean Friday and 424 squadron commanding officer Lt.-Col. Joel Roy and other military personnel from Trenton will attend the funeral.