Private Tyler William Todd
One Canadian Soldier Killed By Improvised Explosive Device
CEFCOM NR – 10.006 - April 11, 2010
OTTAWA — One Canadian soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device that detonated during a dismounted security patrol in Dand district at approximately 7:30 a.m. Kandahar time on 11 April 2010. The incident occurred in the vicinity of Belanday, Dand district, approximately eight-kilometres southwest of Kandahar City.
Killed in action was Private Tyler William Todd from the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He was serving as a member with Task Force 3-09 Battle Group.
At this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our fallen Canadian comrade. The commitment and sacrifice of our soldiers and their loved ones are helping to make a difference in the lives of the people of Kandahar Province....
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More on Private Todd here:
Todd hailed from Kitchener, Ontario and served with the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based at CFB Edmonton.
Brigadier-General Menard, the Canadian Contingent Commander, described Private Todd as someone who was dedicated and likeable with a good sense of humor.
"Tyler was a practical joker. He would often hide rocks and candies in the other soldiers' beds. His enthusiasm and strong will were an inspiration to his platoon. He was doing what he loved to do, being a soldier operating alongside his friends," Brigadier General Menard said".
Prime Minister Harper's Statement
"The thoughts of an entire country are with you in this most difficult time. I also hope for the quick and full recovery of the other Canadian soldier injured in the same incident," he said in a statement.
"Canada is grateful for Private Tyler William Todd's sacrifice. We are all saddened by this loss."(here)
More from Big-General Menard about Private Todd:
Menard paid tribute to Todd, saying he died doing a job he loved with his best friends.
"He never allowed the small things to get to him and was often the rock upon which his comrades depended," Menard said. "His enthusiasm and strong will was an inspiration to his platoon." (here)
Canada IS - and will remain - ever grateful to Private Todd and his family. My heart and prayers for all who love this young hero.