DECORATED NH F&G OFFICER REMEMBERED

by Gair on August 12, 2013

AN OVERFLOW CROWD OF ELECTED OFFICIALS, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, EMERGENCY SERVICE PERSONNEL, VOLUNTEER RESCUERS, TEACHERS AND CIVILIANS PACKED A CHURCH IN NORTH CONWAY SATURDAY MORNING (AUG. 10, 2013) FOR A FUNERAL SERVICE TO REMEMBER AND HONOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS OF CONWAY, WHO DIED TUESDAY (AUG. 6, 2013) AFTER AN OFF-DUTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN WOLFEBORO.

HE WAS 49.

NEW HAMPSHIRE GOVERNOR MAGGIE HASSAN SAT A FEW ROWS BACK – WITH A LARGE GROUP OF FISH AND GAME OFFICERS BEHIND HER – AS REV. GIL HEALY OF FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, CONGREGATIONAL, LED THE SERVICE AND OFFERED COMFORT TO ABRAMS’ FAMILY, INCLUDING HIS WIFE MARY ANN AND TWO YOUNG DAUGHTERS.

TO HEALY’S LEFT HUNG ABRAMS’ RED DRESS UNIFORM WITH HIS BLACK BOOTS ON A TABLE.

OTHER SPEAKERS INCLUDED RETIRED FISH AND GAME LT. DOUG GRALENSKI, A CLOSE FRIEND OF ABRAMS’ – AND FISH AND GAME CONSERVATION OFFICER ALEX LOPASHANSKI, WHO WORKED MOST RECENTLY WITH ABRAMS’ IN HIS PATROL AREA IN AND AROUND THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY.

EVERY SPEAKER PRAISED ABRAMS FOR HIS DEDICATION, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT TO HIS JOB AND HIS FAMILY, AND EACH TOLD A FUNNY STORY OR TWO ABOUT HIM WHILE AT TIMES STRUGGLING TO MAINTAIN THEIR COMPOSURE.

ABRAMS WAS LAUDED FOR HIS SUPERB SKILLS IN LEADING NUMEROUS AND DANGEROUS SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS DURING HIS 22-YEAR CAREER WITH FISH AND GAME – AND HIS QUICK RESPONSE WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TO EVERY EMERGENCY CALL. HE WAS PRAISED FOR HIS AGGRESSIVE BUT FRIENDLY ENFORCEMENT OF CONSERVATION AND HUNTING LAWS – AND HE WAS DESCRIBED AS BEING A GOOD MAN WITH A GOOD HEART.

ABRAMS’ BROTHER GUS SAID HIS LATE BROTHER’S DONATION OF ORGANS HAD SAVED THE LIVES OF FOUR PEOPLE. ANOTHER BROTHER READ APPRECIATIONS OF ABRAMS WRITTEN BY HIS DAUGHTERS.

ABRAMS WAS HONORED WITH A RIFLE SALUTE AND THE TRADITIONAL PLAYING OF TAPS BEFORE BEING SALUTED BY DOZENS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN FORMATION – SEVERAL FROM OUT OF STATE.

AND HE WAS PRONOUNCED PERMANENTLY OFF-DUTY – OR “10-2” IN LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE – IN A CEREMONIAL LAST RADIO CALL.

A RECEPTION WAS HELD AT CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RESORT IN NORTH CONWAY AFTER THE SERVICE.

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