July 20th 2010
Source: CBC News
A Canadian soldier, Sapper Brian Collier, was killed by a bomb in
Collier was killed while on a foot patrol in the village of Nakhonay,
in the eastern part of Panjwaii District.
He had dismounted from his vehicle near Nakhonay, about 15
kilometres west of the city of Kandahar, when he was killed by the
improvised explosive device.
Collier, 24, was born in Toronto and raised in Bradford, Ont. He was
a member of the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment based at CFB Edmonton and
was serving in Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian
Collier, who was on his first deployment to Afghanistan, was
previously injured in a separate IED blast.
"He fought hard to overcome his injury in order to get back to doing
his job with his comrades," Brig.-Gen. Jon Vance, commander of Task
Force Kandahar, said in a statement.
"Always quick to smile, Brian had an easygoing nature and a great
sense of humour. Brian was an enthusiast of fine automobiles, and
loved to spend time with his Audi," Vance said.
"Any Canadian who could have seen Brian in action would have been
proud of him and proud of our country for the work being done with
and for Afghans."
In another statement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper commended
Collier's service, and extended condolences to the soldier's family
"The bravery and remarkable commitment of Canadians like Sapper
Collier are bringing safety and stability to the people of
Afghanistan," Harper said.
"Every day, their dedication and work protect our interests and
values here at home and around the world. Sapper Collier's sacrifice
will not be forgotten."
Collier's is the first Canadian death in Afghanistan since June 26,
when Master Cpl. Kristal Giesebrecht, 34, and Pte. Andrew Miller,
21, died after the vehicle they were in was struck by an IED.
The latest death brings to 151 the total number of Canadian soldiers
who have died as part of the Afghan mission since it began in 2002.