GDF corporal dies during training at Tacama

Corporal Leroy Thom of the Infantry Battalion of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) died on Friday evening after complaining of feeling unwell during training exercises involved in a Section Commanders’ Course. The late corporal had been a resident of Blueberry Hill in Linden.

Dead: Corporal Leroy Thom

Based on reports received, Thom complained of feeling unwell during a routine training event, and was taken to the Medical Centre at the Colonel John Clarke Military School at Tacama, Upper Berbice River, where he was attended to by a registered nurse and medics. However, after his condition deteriorated, a request was made for a medevac, and a team of medical specialists from the Georgetown Public Hospital was deployed to the training school at Tacama.
Upon arrival, the team made every effort to resuscitate Corporal Thom, but he was eventually pronounced dead. His body was later flown to Georgetown.
“The Force has since notified the soldier’s family of the incident,” a release from the GDF stated, while adding that a Board of Inquiry (BoI) will be established to investigate the circumstances surrounding Thom’s death.