Howard Lavers of Hawkes Bay to be posthumously honoured by peace officers’ Memorial Parade
ST. JOHN’S — A Northern Peninsula Fish and Wildlife officer was honoured posthumously at the Newfoundland and Labrador Police and Peace Officers Memorial Parade over the weekend.
Howard Lavers fell through the ice last February near Blue Mountain, just south of Hawkes Bay while performing his duties patrolling on a snowmobile in an area locally known as Eastern Bluey Pond. Lavers had a cabin in the area according to his cousin, Jerry Lavers of Port au Choix, and knew the area very well.
“How that happened, I don’t know,” said Lavers. “He was well aware of what that area was like and where he was, so I was shocked when that happened.”
Lavers said just a week before his cousin went through the ice he had been telling people to be careful on the ice. Two officers he was with tried unsuccessfully to rescue him. Lavers said Howard was a man who loved the outdoors and loved his job.
“He made no bones about who he was, if you crossed him he’d call you to task,” he said. “But he was someone who knew how to separate his job from his personal life and I think he was respected for that.”
Lavers said his cousin’s death hit the surrounding communities very hard, as he was very well known. Retired conservation officer Earl Pilgrim said at the time that he trained Howard and called him an excellent officer and a nice man.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Police and Peace Officers Memorial is dedicated to the memory of officers who lost their lives in the performance of their duties. It was unveiled in 2004 and Howard’s name was added Sunday.