Petawawa Soldier Dies In Accident In Bulgaria


A Petawawa-based soldier has died following a parachute training accident in Bulgaria.

Officials say it happened at around 10:00 p.m. Monday (Eastern Standard Time) in Cheshnegirovo, Bulgaria.

The soldier has been identified as Bombardier Patrick Labrie, a member of the Petawawa-based 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA).

"This loss is felt right across the entire military community", Daphny Gebhart-Turcotte, Public Affairs Officer at Garrison Petawawa, told Pure Country 96.7.

"Bombardier Patrick Labrie was a member of the regular force, serving with the 2nd Royal Canadian Horse Artillery here in Petawawa. He enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in August of 2013 as an artillery soldier", Gebhart-Turcotte added.

The focus now is on supporting Labrie's family and colleagues.

"We will use every single means available to ensure his family have the support they need", she said.

Labrie was training as part of Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19, 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.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Bombardier Patrick Labrie. Not only is his death a painful loss to his family and friends, but we feel this loss across the Canadian Army and throughout the entire military community", said Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander, Canadian Army in a statement to Pure Country 96.7.

"Chief Warrant Officer Stu Hartnell and I extend our sincere condolences, on behalf of all ranks of the Canadian Army, to the family and friends of Bombardier Labrie", LGen Lanthier added.