Father Al Geernaert (left)

Soldier returns home

Corporal Bill Geernaert, father Al Geernaert, and grandfather Blake Lodge, were all decked out in their dress uniforms for a steak barbeque dinner at the Fort St. James Legion on July 22.

 

Corporal Bill Geernaert, father Al Geernaert, and grandfather Blake Lodge, were all decked out in their dress uniforms for a steak barbeque dinner at the Fort St. James Legion on July 22.

The dinner, a bi-weekly fixture at the Legion, was made more special last week by the presence of Corporal Bill Geernaert, who was honoured in May by the Governor General of Canada for “gallant and distinguished” service during his tour in Afghanistan.

Geernaert was seriously injured in an improvised explosive device blast, but still managed to continue to fight off an insurgent ambush for hours before reaching medical aid.

Geernaert was visiting family in the Fort and has remained in the military since his return from Afghanistan, living and working at the Canadian Forces Base Edmonton.