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Ramp ceremony for 8 Wing SAR tech 3 p.m. Saturday

SATURDAY, OCT 29 – 8 Wing/CFB Trenton airman, Search and Rescue Technician Sergeant Janick Gilbert of 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, will return to 8 Wing Trenton Saturday, from Nunavut at 3 p.m.

Those who wish to pay respect to Sgt Gilbert along the road are advised the typical transportation route will be modified. The procession will travel from CFB Trenton up RCAF Road to go east on the 401 at Glen Miller Road en route to Ottawa via Veterans Highway 416.
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Andre Deschamps, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Brigadier-General Richard Foster, Chief of Staff for Canada Command plan to attend the ramp ceremony to pay their respects.

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8 Wing SAR tech dies in rescue mission

FRIDAY, OCT 28 – CFB Trenton, Ont. — A search and rescue technician (SAR Tech) from 8 Wing Trenton died while participating in a rescue mission near Igloolik (Hall Bay), Nunavut Thursday, Oct. 27.

8 Wing Commander Sean Friday said Sgt Janick Gilbert, born in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, will be remembered as a devoted husband, exceptional father, and a professional SAR Tech.
“A brilliant operator with 13 years of experience, Sgt Gilbert will be sorely missed by all within the SAR Tech trade and by all those who have had the pleasure of making his acquaintance.  His laughter and “joie de vive” are only some of the many positive attributes that were so cherished by those who knew him.”
Searchers located the two citizens who were stranded in an open boat, and dropped a radio to them. The condition of one of the citizens was deteriorating, and when communications were lost, three SAR Techs from 8 Wing conducted a parachute insertion from a CC130 Hercules to render assistance.
This SAR mission was a collaborative effort that has included SAR aircraft and crews from 17 Wing Winnipeg, 8 Wing Trenton, 9 Wing Gander and 14 Wing Greenwood, and was coordinated by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton. The mission itself resulted in the rescue of two local citizens.
“On behalf of the Defence family and our brave men and women in uniform, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and comrades of Sergeant Janick Gilbert, who died yesterday in Nunavut. He lost his life in the service of his country while unselfishly answering the call for help,” said the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant-General André Deschamps.
Sergeant Gilbert was a SAR Tech with 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron.
“It is with deep sorrow that we learned about the death of Janick,” said Commander Sean Friday. “Janick will always be remembered as a respected family member of 8 Wing who was committed to helping people in need. At this most sorrowful time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his many friends.”
The incident is under investigation.

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  1. Ernest Horvath says:

    The incredible courage you need to do his job.

  2. Capt Chris Holder says:

    As a member of The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in Picton, My heart goes out to the family and to his fellow colleagues at CFB Trenton. We work closely with this group alot. This is a high risk business and unfortunately lives are lost from time to time. He will, be remembered.

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