Campbell River conservation officer honoured

Recently received the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal

A Campbell River-based conservation officer has been recognized for 20 years of service.

James Hilgemann was one of 10 B.C. conservation officers who recently received the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal. The medals were presented in Vancouver by Lt. Governor Judith Guichon and Environment Minister Terry Lake.

“Each officer works hard to protect our environment and reduce human-wildlife conflicts,” said Lake. “Congratulations to those members of the Conservation Officer Service awarded with this great honour. These officers have demonstrated excellence, courage and exceptional dedication to the service.”

The medal recognizes peace officers who have completed 20 years of exemplary service. Hilgemann has worked in several diverse environments.

He has spent 16 years as a conservation officer in Haida Gwaii and currently serves in Campbell River, where he lives with his family. The Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Officer Service is the  primary responder to human-wildlife conflicts where there is a risk to public safety, conservation concerns or where significant property damage has occurred.