March 5, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement on the deaths of Cpl. Kenneth Chad O'Quinn, Cpl. Dany Fortin and Warrant Officer Dennis Raymond Brown was issued today by Premier Shawn Graham:
It was with great regret that we learned of the deaths of Cpl. Kenneth Chad O'Quinn, Cpl. Dany Fortin and Warrant Officer Dennis Raymond Brown while serving with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. These three soldiers died while returning from a mission as members of Canada's Quick Reaction Force in Arghandab district, north of Kandahar city, when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb.
Born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Nfld., Cpl. O'Quinn grew up in Oromocto in a military family and graduated from Oromocto High School in 2002. He was serving with the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron based at CFB Petawawa, Ont.
Originally from Baie Comeau, Que., Cpl. Fortin served with the 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville, Que. Warrant Officer Brown, originally from the Niagara region, was a reservist serving with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.
These men gave their lives serving their country by working to bring peace and stability to a land long torn by conflict and strife. They were on the front lines of our mission to help the Afghan people break free from the violence of the past and lead better lives. Their bravery and sacrifice will not be forgotten by all who knew and served with them.
On behalf of the Province of New Brunswick, I want to express my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Cpl. O'Quinn both here in New Brunswick and across Canada and to the family, friends and colleagues of Cpl. Fortin and Warrant Officer Brown for their great loss.