|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1972, Canada|
|Death: ||Sep. 6, 2009, Afghanistan|
Major, 5e Régiment de genie de combat
(5 Combat Engineer Regiment) based at CFB Valcartier near Québec City. Age 36, from Victoriaville, QC. He was deployed with the
2e Batallion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group of the Canadian contingent of NATO forces serving in Afghanistan.
Major Pépin and Cpl Jean-François Drouin were killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their armoured vehicle in the Dand District, approximately 14 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. Five other soldiers received non-life threatening injuries and were evacuated to hospital for treatment.
The deaths bring to 129 the number of military casualties since Canada first joined the Afghanistan mission in 2002. One diplomat and two aid workers have also died.
Maj Pépin was originally from Warwick, Arthabaska region, QC and had been in the Canadian Forces for ten years. He previously served in Afghanistan in 2006. He commanded the 51st Field Engineer Squadron managing the removal of thousands of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. Described as compassionate and inspirational, he was at his best out in the field, leading his troops. Maj Pépin was the highest-ranking member of the Canadian military to die in combat in Afghanistan. His commanding officer also recalled the time when Maj Pépin stopped while on a patrol to fetch a kite that had been caught in his vehicle's antenna and handed it to a small Afghan child who thought it had been lost.
His service awards include the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) and the General Campaign Star-International Security Assistance Force.
Maj Pépin is survived by his partner Annie Roberge, children Alexandra and Charles, parents Serge Pépin and Claudette Turcotte, sister Catherine and other family and friends.
Military Funeral held on September 16, 2009 at Ste-Jeanne d'Arc Chapel at CFB Valcartier.
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Record added: Sep 07, 2009
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