He was the fifth Canadian soldier to
die in Afghanistan this month, along with at least 42 other NATO
Courcy, 26, arrived in Afghanistan in
April and was part of an operation to separate the insurgency from
the population in Panjwaii district, said Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance.
"During this operation, Sébastien fell
from the position he was occupying on a piece of high ground,
resulting in his death," Vance said.
The young soldier had joined the
military in 2006. This was his first deployment in Afghanistan.
"Pte. Courcy served valiantly alongside
his comrades to help build a better and brighter future for
Afghans," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement. "His
tragic passing illustrates some of the risks that the selfless men
and women of the Canadian Forces face every day in carrying out
Courcy is survived by his mother,
Ginette, and his sister, Julie. He is the 125th Canadian soldier to
die since the Afghanistan mission began in 2002.