October 28, 2011

Janick Gilbert

Canadian soldier, Sgt. Janick Gilbert, age 34, of Baie Comeau, Quebec, was killed in the line of duty on October 27, 2011, in Nunavut, Canada. 

Janick was a search and rescue (SAR) technician with 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Trenton, Ontario. He had 13 years of experience. 

He and his unit had flown to Nunavut after two men in an open boat ran into trouble about 25 kilometres east of Igloolik. The men were battling strong winds and high waves. Community residents in two other boats tried to rescue the men, but couldn't reach them.

Angels of God, pray for
Janick Gilbert and two other rescue technicians jumped into the icy and stormy waters to save the men because the condition of one of the men was deteriorating. The men were transfered to a life raft. All five men waited for three hours for a helicopter to arrive from Canadian Forces Base Gander in Newfoundland and pick them up. Sgt. Gilbert died before the helicopter arrived.

Military officials stated that Sgt. Gilbert lost his life in the service of his country while unselfishly answering the call for help. They said that he was a dedicated professional and that they would have entrusted their lives to him.

It was also stated that he was a devoted family man. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Janick Gilbert is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

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