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Local CO honoured

A Conservation Officer’s main duty is to protect the environment and wildlife but they are here for our public safety as well.

Jason Hawkes – a Nelson based CO – has been given the Chief Conservation Officer’s Commendation for Life Saving.

This after saving a family who’s boat got into trouble on the east shore of Kootenay Lake earlier this year.

Hawkes says the rescue was a group effort with other agencies communicating from the shore.

Hawkes was patrolling the lake that day.

He says the conservation office has a broad training mandate which includes helping other agencies when needed, such as fire departments.

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