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Chilliwack conservation officers honoured
Two local conservation officers were among 11 who received Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medals on Friday.
Sergeant Steve Jacobi and Conservation Officer Don Stahl received the honour from Environment Minister Mary Polak and Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon at a ceremony during the Conservation Officer Service's annual recertification training.
The medals are only given to members with 20 years of service.
Jacobi has worked in the Chilliwack area for the past 14 years. Before that, he was an officer in Squamish.
Jacobi was in the news last summer when an aggressive cougar near hiking trails and campsites in Cultus Lake Provincial Park had to be killed.
Stahl has been a conservation officer for 17 years in the Chilliwack area, he spent three years as a fisheries officer and four seasons as a park ranger.
Stahl has also been involved in politics, running for the BC Conservatives in the Abbotsford-Mission riding in the 2013 election. He also served as vice-president for the federal Conservative Party's Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon Electoral District Association.
British Columbia's Conservation Officer Service is the Province's primary responder to human-wildlife conflicts where there is a risk to public safety, conservation concerns or where significant property damage has occurred.
In addition to regular uniformed members, the Conservation Officer Service's Provincial Investigations Branch conducts large-scale industrial or commercial crime investigations.