‘Sudden’deaths of soldiers to be probed
TORONTO (CP) — Foul play is not suspected in the sudden deaths of three young soldiers from Canadian Forces Base Borden.
Ontario Provincial Police and military investigators are looking into the deaths, two of which occurred late last month at the base some 100 kilometres north of Toronto.
The most recent death occurred at Bon Echo Provincial Park north of Kingston, Ont., were the body of Cpl. Jedd Vanden-Heuvel was found Sunday.
“ He was a student at the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy on his first military police course,” said Capt. Sandra Bourne, a military spokeswoman based in Ottawa.
Vanden-Heuvel joined the mil- itary in July 2009.
The body of Second-Lt. Francois-Olivier Gauthier was found on base Jan. 30, while Pte. Martin St. Onge-Gauthier was discovered the following day.
Bourne said neither the incidents, nor the individuals, are related.
Second-Lt. Carrie Pluck, CFB Borden’s public affairs officer, said the two who died on base were also students.
Gauthier was taking a logistics officer course while St. OngeGauthier was taking his first supply technician course.
“It’s very sad and our thoughts and prayers are with the family members, the friends and the colleagues of the fallen members,” she said.
Pluck said a team of padres and health-care providers have been made available to students and staff at the base to assist with the grieving process.
“It’s part of our routine to have a mental health team on the base and to give briefings ... to help with the day to day issues and the added stressors that military members have as a whole as a trade,” she added.
“Once the deaths have occurred, they’ve gone out and reiterated what services there are and let members know there is help should anybody need it.”
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is probing the two deaths that occurred on base, while provincial police are handling the third death.
The exact causes of death have not yet been released.