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The American and Canadian flags are flown above the site of the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial on Saturday September 15, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

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A vacation to Florida ended tragically for the Drapeau family of Quebec, whose patriarch Fernand, 87, died on the drive home.

His wife and son, wary about the cost and hassle of going to an American hospital and getting Fernand’s body repatriated, decided to just keep driving to their Ormstown home, in Quebec’s Montérégie region.

It wasn’t until they got to the Canada-U.S. border at Hemmingford, Que., that the Drapeaus were stopped and searched. It’s unclear at what point in the road trip exactly the man had died. Authorities believe he had been dead for at least a day before the family reached the Canadian border.

A border official called it a “first.”

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