Weeks away from capping his six-month tour of duty, Pte. Tyler William Todd, 26, was killed in a roadside blast on Sunday, April 11, while on foot patrol near Belanday, a volatile region southwest of Kandahar City. This is in the same Dand district, where journalist Michelle Lang and four Canadian soldiers were killed on Dec. 30, 2009.
From Bright, Ontario, he grew up on a farm and had trained to become a firefighter prior to joining the Canadian Armed Forces. Pte. Todd served with the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton
“Tyler was a practical joker; he would often hide rocks and candies in the other soldier’s bed spaces,” Gen. Ménard said in the ramp ceremony before his body was transported to CFB Tenton. “He never allowed the small things to get to him and was often the rock that other soldiers could depend on.”