Ceremony honours soldier killed in Quebec terror attack
Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 1:12PM EDT
Mourners marked the anniversary of the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed by a jihadist sympathizer in a terror attack in Quebec on Oct. 20, 2014.
Family, friends and members of the Royal Canadian Legion and the air force gathered on Tuesday, to mark a year since the day Vincent was run down and killed by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a radicalized Quebec man who had been on the RCMP's radar.
Stephane Proulx of the Royal Canadian Air Force remembered Vincent as a quiet and intelligent man who was eager to lend a hand.
"He was always ready to help and didn't ask nothing in return," Proulx told CTV Montreal on Tuesday.
In a private ceremony at the legion, Vincent was posthumously given the Hal Rogers Fellow Award to commemorate his sacrifice.
On Oct. 20 in 2014, Couture-Rouleau struck two members of the Canadian Armed Forces with his car in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, located approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Montreal.
He was subsequently shot and killed by police following a brief car chase.
Vincent, a 28-year veteran who served with distinction across the country, was only in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu that day, to assist a fellow member of the military who wanted to visit a Veterans Affairs service centre.
Vincent will also be remember at a separate ceremony in Ottawa on Oct. 22, which will mark one year since the Parliament Hill attack that saw Cpl. Nathan Cirillo shot and killed while standing as a ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial.
With a report from CTV Montreal