New Hampshire Fish & Game Conservation Officer Dies in Off-duty Motorcycle Accident

CONCORD, N.H. — Conservation Officer Sergeant Brian E. Abrams, age 49, a Conway resident and 22-year veteran of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, passed away on August 6, 2013, following an off-duty motorcycle accident that occurred on Sunday, August 4, in Wolfeboro, N.H.

"On behalf of the men and women of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, we express our deepest sympathies to Brian’s family," said Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau. "We are profoundly saddened by this sudden loss. Sgt. Abrams' dedication to duty and service to the citizens and visitors of our great state for more than two decades has been nothing short of extraordinary. His outstanding commitment to law enforcement and conservation of our wildlife resources will be remembered for years to come. We extend our sincere appreciation to the law enforcement and search and rescue community for the outpouring of support during this difficult time."

Abrams served as the District Two Sergeant for Fish and Game Law Enforcement. He started with Fish and Game as a Conservation Officer in 1990. After his probationary year, he was assigned to the Bartlett/Conway patrol area in 1991 and served there his entire career.

A highly decorated officer, his accomplishments included significant prosecutions of criminal and fish and game cases and commendations for exemplary efforts during search and rescue and dive missions. He was honored as the 1996 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Officer of the Year for the State of New Hampshire.

In 2003, Abrams was honored with Fish and Game's Life Saving Award and the New Hampshire Congressional Law Enforcement Award for "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" for saving the life of a cross-country skier in hazardous weather conditions. After hiking more than eight miles into the backcountry facing high winds, deep snow and temperatures plummeting to 34 degrees below zero, Abrams eventually located the injured skier well after dark and cared for him through the night; the man undoubtedly would not have survived without Abrams' assistance.

Abrams was one of the original members of Fish and Game's Advanced Search and Rescue Team, for which he is currently an Assistant Team Leader. Due to the high demand for search and rescue responses within his patrol area, Abrams received numerous hours of advanced training, including Inland Search and Rescue Planning, Ice Dive Training, Search and Rescue Team Winter Training, High Angle Rescue Techniques, Winter Mountain Rescue Training, Search and Rescue Team Physical Agility Testing, Wilderness First Responder, International Mountain Climbing School, GPS and Map Certifications. He also was a Field Training Officer and an active member of the Fish and Game Dive Team.

Abrams was an active participant in a range of diverse law enforcement details throughout the state, from Joint Enforcement Agreement activities on the seacoast to winter snowmachine patrols in Pittsburg. He has been active in the Conservation Officer's Relief Association over the years, and served as its President from 1994 to 1996.

"Brian was a highly decorated officer who dedicated himself to the rescue of others and serving the sportsmen and women of New Hampshire," said Major Kevin Jordan, Fish and Game Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement. "Brian's quiet confidence, strong work ethic, professionalism and compassion for others are all traits that will be greatly missed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department family."

Sergeant Abrams is survived by his wife Mary Ann and his two daughters, Sierra, age 11, and Shannon, age 8.

Those who wish to make a donation in his memory may go directly to any TD Bank branch and mention the Sergeant Brian Abrams Memorial Fund. To mail in donations, please make checks payable to the Sergeant Brian Abrams Memorial Fund and mail to the N.H. Fish and Game Department, Law Enforcement Division, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

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