In a statement released after today's inquest, Captain Stephen Healey's girlfriend, Thea Davies thanked those who tried to help her injured boyfriend and said she knew 'everything that could have been to save him was done.'
She said Capt Healey loved the army and 'believed in all that he was doing.'
Miss Davies said she will never blame the army for her boyfriend's death and knows that he would be proud of everyone who worked with him that day.
She added that more than £20,000 has been raised in his memory since his death.
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