Canada honours Sgt. Andrew Doiron on the Highway of Heroes

The body of Sgt. Andrew Doiron was returned to Canada on Tuesday. Canadians gathered along the Highway of Heroes to pay tribue to Doiron, who was killed in Iraq, in what has been described as a "friendly fire" incident.

Body of Canadian soldier killed in Iraq returns home

Sgt. Andrew Doiron was killed in Iraq on Friday, the first casualty of Canada's mission against ISIS. On Tuesday, he returned home.

Doiron was shot and killed in what has been called a "friendly fire" incident as his special forces unit was on its way back to an observation post. Three other Canadians were wounded in the firefight.​ 

Officials with the Kurdish peshmerga have blamed the Canadians for the shooting, a claim Canadian officials have denied. Canadian officials have said the Canadians were not at fault and had been at the same position earlier in the day and informed the Kurds they would return later that night.

What is not in doubt is the outpouring of support for the soldiers and their families in the wake of the incident.

Many gathered on windy overpasses and dusty shoulders to say goodbye to Sgt. Doiron

(Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press)
(Martina Fitzgerald/CBC)

Police officers paid their final respects

As did firefighters

(Fred Thornhill/Reuters)

And soldiers

And politicians

Canadians gathered to wave flags

(Lars Hagberg/Canadian Press)

Others wore them

(Colin Perkel/The Canadian Press)

They all came to honour Andrew Doiron 

Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron, seen here in an undated photo, served as an adviser in the Special Operations Regiment at Garrison Petawawa, Ont. (Facebook)
Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron was originally from Moncton, N.B., and attended Algonquin College in Ottawa before joining the Canadian Forces, according to his Facebook page. (Facebook)

With files from The Canadian Press


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