Wildlife Protection Officer Fernand Vachon
Ministère des Ressources Naturelles et de la Faune
End of Watch: Saturday, November 5, 2005
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 33 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
Date of Incident: Saturday, November 5, 2005
Weapon Used: Aircraft
Suspect Info: Not available
Two Wildlife Protection Officers and an experienced pilot died when their plane crashed on Saturday November 5 at around 10pm. WPO Fernand Vachon, WPO Nicolas Rochette and the pilot Yves Giguère were conducting a night-hunting operation in the Chaudière-Appalaches area (approximately 30 miles north of the Maine border near Jackman Me) when the crash occurred. The plane was found on Tuesday, November the 8th.
Mr. Vachon first became a wildlife protection officer in 1972. He underwent career development training in investigation techniques and was a member of the Investigation and Information Service from 1977 to 1980.
He was given responsibility for the Havre-Saint-Pierre and Laurier-Station offices in 1987, followed by Beauceville in 1988, Saint-Raymond in 1990 and Thetford-Mines in 1991.
He was appointed Wildlife Protection Office unit commander for Thetford-Mines and Laurier-Station in 2000, and went on to develop new working methods as well as an innovative approach to the poaching of white-tailed deer involving a combination of ground work and aerial patrols.
Mr. Vachon was known for his expertise, professionalism and persistence. He was an inspiration to his colleagues from Québec in the battle against poaching. Wildlife protection was his passion, and he devoted 33 years of his life to the cause with the enthusiasm and commitment that were his trademark.
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