Master Cpl. Kristal Giesebrecht, 34, and Pvt. Andrew Miller, 21, were killed in Afghanistan. (Handout, Department of National Defense)
While morons destroy and burn Toronto, two more of our troops have paid the ultimate price in defense of freedom.
My deepest sympathies to the families of Master Cpl. Kristal Giesebrecht and Pvt. Andrew Miller. They were both medics. They tried to heal the sick and relieve suffering. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Brig.-Gen. Vance said Master Cpl. Giesebrecht was born in Wallaceburg, Ont., and was a member of 1 Canadian Field Hospital, based at CFB Petawawa.
He said she was married and a fit, dedicated and fun-loving medical technician serving on her second tour in Afghanistan.
“She was a mentor and an inspiration for her fellow medical technicians. Kristal loved life to the fullest. She was a wonderful friend, always opening her heart to everyone in need,” Brig.-Gen. Vance said.
“Kristal prided herself on her health and fitness, although she always felt the solution to any problem could be found in a box of chocolates.”
Pte. Andrew Miller was born in Sudbury, Ont. A member of 2 Field Ambulance, based at CFB Petawawa, he was serving on his first overseas deployment.
Brig.-Gen. Vance said Pte. Miller will be remembered as someone who would give his fellow soldiers the shirt off his back and was always the first to volunteer.
“Andrew was very confident in both his soldier and clinical skills. He wanted nothing more than to be part of the Health Services Unit for ROTO 9, in Afghanistan, so that he could put his skills to the test,” he said.
“Called Caillou by his friends – everyone acknowledged the resemblance as soon as they met him.”