Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, expressed his condolences over the death of Sapper Jordan Ronald Penpraze earlier today.
Sapper Penpraze was one of 18 soldiers injured in a vehicle accident at the Holsworthy Range on Monday, 8 October 2012.
Mr Snowdon said the Parliament’s deepest sympathy went out to the family of the 22-year-old, his friends and his new mates in the Australian Army’s School of Military Engineering.
“My sincere condolences go out to Sapper Penpraze’s family, friends and comrades.
“It is terrible to see the life of a young man cut short in this way, having just committed to the Australian Army in April this year.
“Sapper Penpraze had already demonstrated his ability and quick thinking, when along with another soldier he resuscitated an elderly man while on local leave from Holdfast Troop at the School of Military Engineering.
“His efforts there helped to save the life of a total stranger; Army and the entire Australian Defence Force will be worse off for his passing,” he said.
“I would like to thank his family for raising a diligent and strong son, those who worked and trained alongside him praised his maturity and selfless commitment to the job.
“They should all be incredibly proud of him,” Mr Snowdon said.
Sapper Penpraze’s family have requested that their privacy be respected at this sad time.
Defence is providing support and care to his family at this time.
Marcus Butler (Minister Snowdon) (02) 6277 7820
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