Rick Kurelo, CD, served with the Canadian Airborne Regiment (1989-1991) as well as with the Canadian Forces Reserves (Queen’s Own Rifles) in Bosnia (2001) and Afghanistan (2008-2009).
As a psychological operations specialist in Afghanistan, Rick worked on a variety of missions outside the wire. He was injured by an improvised explosive device for which he received the distinguished battlefield decoration, the Sacrifice Medal. Rick was treated for PTSD following his return to Canada and is a strong advocate of effective mental health services for veterans. Rick retired from the military in 2012.
Rick is a Captain with Oshawa Fire Services and is also a consultant in fire risk management with Harex Inc.
After years of writing and recounting his many stories, Rick was encouraged to put them together in a book. So he did in this memoir, Firefight.
Firefight is available in print and eBook format at the following sites – just click on any of the links below to order the book online.
Photo: Rick Kurelo, Captain, Oshawa Fire Services, October 2013.