|Statement from the family
of Cpl. Cole Bartsch, 23
The family of Cpl. Cole Bartsch gathered at their Whitecourt home. Bartsch's parents, Dennis and Juanita, were not ready to speak to media Thursday and did not issue a statement. Relatives of Bartsch who live in Calgary said their 23-year-old nephew would have done just about anything for his brothers and sisters. He took a leave from serving in the army four years ago when his brother had heart transplant surgery, Bartsch's aunt, Karen Shilson, said. He wanted to help his younger brother in his recovery. "He was an easygoing and friendly type of guy," Shilson said. "He was a great kid and he had a lot of friends."