Georgetown, Guyana – (April 30, 2020) His Excellency David Granger, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, is saddened at the death of three Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldiers.
The trio died this morning following an incident at the Force’s Base Camp Stephenson Arm Store Complex, Timehri, where they were involved in the preparation of pyrotechnics for demolition.
The soldiers are 24949 Lance Corporal Kevon Nicholson, 23, of Levi Dam, Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam; 23564 Lance Corporal Tooney Peneux, 28, of Orealla Village, Corentyne River and 25340 Private Shaqueel Deheart, 20, of Paradise Village, West Coast Berbice.
Nicholson joined the Force on 2017.06.07, Peneux on 2015.03.21 and Deheart on 2018.03.01.
Two soldiers, 17939 Sergeant Quincy Threlfall, 43, and 23867 Lance Corporal Paul Peters, 29, were injured during the incident. Sergeant Threlfall is currently receiving medical care at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) while Lance Corporal Peters was treated at Base Camp Stephenson.
The GDF has launched a Board of Inquiry (BoI) into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
President Granger expresses heartfelt sympathy to the relatives and friends of the three soldiers and wishes the injured ranks a speedy recovery.