VALLEY F&G OFFICER RECOGNIZED

by Christian Mower on June 6, 2013

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER WHO LIVES IN ALBANY AND PATROLS THE VALLEY AREA HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS CONSERVATION OFFICER OF THE YEAR FOR 2012.

ALEX LOPASHANSKI – A 5-YEAR VETERAN CONSERVATION OFFICER WHO PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT AT CONWAY’S KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL – WAS HONORED IN MAY, 2013 BY THE NORTHEAST CONSERVATION LAW ENFORCEMENT CHIEFS ASSOCIATION.

CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS – ONE OF LOPASHANSKI’S SUPERVISORS, SAYS WITH 48 CONSERVATION OFFICERS WORKING AROUND THE STATE, IT’S QUITE A DISTINCTION TO GET THE AWARD.

ABRAMS AND LOPASHANSKI FREQUENTLY WORK TOGETHER TO COORDINATE AND LEAD EMERGENCY SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS – AND THEY RESPOND WITH OTHER OFFICERS AND VOLUNTEERS AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY OR NIGHT TO MAKE RESCUES IN DIFFICULT TERRAIN, OFTEN IN SEVERE WEATHER.

LOPASHANSKI’S PATROL AREA INCLUDES THE TOWNS OF ALBANY, EATON, FREEDOM, MADISON AND TAMWORTH – HE TEACHES DEFENSIVE TACTICS AND DEFENSIVE DRIVING – AND WORKS ON A SPECIALIZED SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM, DIVE TEAM AND HONOR GUARD.

FISH AND GAME LAW ENFORCEMENT CHIEF COL. MARTIN GARABEDIAN PRAISES LOPASHANSKI FOR HIS OUTSTANDING WORK ETHIC, ENTHUSIASTIC ATTITUDE AND EASYGOING APPROACH.

REFERRING TO THE BOBHOUSE BURGLARY CASE, HE SAYS “HIS PERSEVERANCE PAID OFF WHEN CONFESSIONS WERE OBTAINED, STOLEN EQUIPMENT WAS RETURNED TO THE ICE FISHERMEN AND ALL THE SUSPECTS WERE CHARGED AND CONVICTED.”

GARABEDIAN SAYS LOPASHANSKI’S PROFESSIONALISM AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT ON HIS FOLLOW OFFICERS – AND HE COMMENDS HIM FOR HIS HARD WORK AND DEDICATION.

OTHER HONOREES INCLUDE LT. WAYNE SAUNDERS OF STARK – AWARDED WILDLIFE OFFICER OF THE YEAR; PITTSBURG POLICE CHIEF RICHARD LAPOINT, RECOGNIZED AS OHRV SAFETY EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR AND THE LATE NANCY LYON OF NEW LONDON, WHO WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SEARCH AND RESCUE EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE AWARD.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF FISH AND GAME OFFICERS, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.wildnh.com.