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Four Local Soldiers Assisting in Flood Relief

Owen Sound | by Cody Misner  

Members of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters are fighting flood waters near Ottawa.

(Soldiers in the photo: From the right, Cpl.Sam Lemon, Cpl. Dylan Naujok, Cpl. Josh Jenkins and Cpl. Dustin Tanner) 

Four soldiers from the Grey and Simcoe Foresters in Owen Sound are battling flooding near Ottawa.

These soldiers are aiding the Ottawa community by providing relief and aid to residents impacted by the recent flooding. All the soldiers that responded to the call for help from Owen Sound are reservists, part-time soldiers who volunteer their time for service. Corporal Josh Jenkins is one of these soldiers.

"When I first got here and saw how bad the flooding was I was sad, these people lost their homes from something they couldn't prevent." Jenkins says.

Flooding has reached its peak in the Constance Bay area and has begun to recede allowing for the focus of aid to begin shifting towards recovery.

"Now that it's receding things are starting to feel pretty positive through the community." states Jenkins.

It isn't clear yet when the soldiers will be returning home, but as the water levels drop it is expected that the municipality will no longer require the military's assistance.

Jenkins is a resident of Durham, went to school at Sacred Heart Secondary School in Walkerton and joined the military in 2015. Joining the Grey and Simcoe Foresters as an Infantry soldier he was motivated by stories of his grandfather's time in the military and wanted to follow a similar path.

Like many other reservists Jenkins joined the military through a co-op program at his high school where he completed his Basic Training well earning credits. After graduating he attended the Police Foundations course at Georgian College in Owen Sound all while continuing to train with the military.

He has climbed the rank of Corporal and is currently utilized as a rifleman within a 10 man section.

Jenkins hopes to use his education and experience in the Canadian Forces to one day pursue a career as a police officer.

He has been on several training exercises including heading north with the regiment earlier this year for arctic training. However this is his first time responding to the call out for Operation Lentus.



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