SHILO, MB – Canadian Forces Reserve soldier Private Kirby Tott died during military training at Canadian Forces Base Shilo on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
Private Tott was training with the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre’s detachment at CFB Shilo when he died suddenly. His death is under investigation, and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause.
General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff issued the following statement following the death of Private Kirby Tott, “On behalf of all members of the Canadian Armed Forces, I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Private Kirby Tott, as well as his immediate military family, the Rocky Mountain Rangers.
“This sad event reminds me that a loss of life can occur as easily at home as overseas. Regardless of the instance, I have always been proud of how we, as members of the CAF take care of one another in these difficult times. In the days and weeks ahead, my thoughts and prayers will be with those closest to Private Tott. I assure you that we will be here for you.”
Private Kirby Tott joined the CAF as a Reservist with the Rocky Mountain Rangers in Prince George, BC in 2012. He was taking his basic Reserve Infantry training at CFB Shilo in southern Manitoba when his death occurred in the late afternoon.
Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army, issued the following statement. “I am deeply saddened that one of our own has passed away following an incident during training at Canadian Forces Base Shilo on July 25th, 2015. Private Kirby Tott was a member of the Rocky Mountain Rangers, a Reserve Regiment of 39 Canadian Brigade Group who was carrying out specialty training required to become an Infantry soldier.
“This tragic news reminds us of the dangers that the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces must face, whether Reservists, Regular Force, participating in training or deployed on operations abroad. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Pte Tott’s loved ones as they cope with this tragic loss.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement regarding the death of Private Tott.
“I was saddened to learn today of the death of a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. On behalf of all Canadians and of the Government of Canada, I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Private Kirby Tott who died yesterday following a training incident at CFB Shilo.
“Private Tott’s death is a sombre reminder of the sacrifices made everyday by the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, both at home and abroad, for they are the ultimate guarantors of our values and our freedoms.
“Private Tott’s service to Canada will always be honoured and remembered.”
And the Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney also issued a statement.
“I was saddened to hear of the death of Private Kirby Tott while he was conducting training at CFB Shilo on Saturday, July 25.
“On behalf of all Canadian Armed Forces personnel, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Pte. Tott and to those affected by this tragedy.”
Above photo: Entrance at Canadian Forces Base Shilo.