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Risks During Daily Routine

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Risks During Daily Routine

There is always a certain amount of fear when you’re looking around because if you step between the buildings you knew you could be in someone’s cross hairs. You should wear your helmets, your flak vests at all times but everywhere you go there is always that risk that someone could shoot you, you could drive over a landmine, it’s always there. Don’t walk off anything hard like onto the grass. Several times I was walking up in the hills and somebody said, “Come see my wife or my daughter up in our house. She can’t move out of the bed.” And I’m looking saying, “That’s a grass path. I can’t go up there. You got to bring her to the road because I can’t go up there!” Our rules were you were not to step on anything other than like pavement or things that had been poured so even if someone had put down little rocks and stuff, you don’t step on those because they could still be booby trapped so you watch him and all of a sudden he’s stepping around those rocks, hmmm I’m not following you.

Travelling the countryside providing medical care, Mr. Williams expresses the awareness he had that his life was always at risk.

Andy Williams

Mr. Williams was born June 24, 1964 in Trenton, Ontario. His father being in the Air Force, Mr. Williams had the strong desire to join, however, when his time came, the decision for service would be army and began his training career as an army medic. In 1985 he joined as a reservist and spent 25 years with the Regular Force. In 1997, Mr. Williams was deployed to Bosnia with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Royal Canadians holding rank of master corporal. Another opportunity for a posting was exercised in 1998 when he deployed to Kosovo, this time with the 1 Service Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment. Mr. William’s army career as a medic took him to many In-Canada posting serving with the Canadian military and upon retirement resides in Berwick, Nova Scotia with his wife and family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
March 19, 2014
Person Interviewed:
Andy Williams
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Lord Strathcona’s Horse

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