Family mourns Edmonton paramedic k**led while serving in Ukraine

The family of an Edmonton man says he died earlier this month while serving as a medic in the Ukrainian army.

Joshua Mayers, 34, traveled to Ukraine in September after working as a paramedic in Alberta..

Irvin Mayers says his son was a caring person and wanted to make a difference in the world.

The family says details about Mayers’ death are scarce, but it is believed he was k**led in combat on Nov. 10 near the town of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.

Joshua Mayers, right, is shown in this undated image standing with his brother Matt. The family of an Edmonton man says he died earlier this month while serving as a medic in the Ukrainian army. Joshua Mayers, 34, traveled to Ukraine in September after working as a paramedic.

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Global Affairs Canada says the department is aware of an incident involving a Canadian in Ukraine and that officials are working with local authorities and providing consular a*sistance.

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The family does not know if or when they will be able to bring Mayers’ body back to Canada, but they are planning a celebration of life next week in Edmonton.

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