Dominican Brian Pacquette was a police officer in St. Kitts. He was shot in the line of duty and later died in Trinidad.
Brian Pacquette was born in Goodwill, Commonwealth of Dominica on 22nd January, 1982. He grew up with his grandparents, uncles and aunts on 50 m Solomon Lane (fondly known as Dallas City) and was actively involved in the team sports for which Dallas City was known.
Brian, from an early age, was very disciplined. He competed in athletics as a distance runner. He fell in love with distance running while very young when he participated in the training and workouts of his Uncle Cedric with whom he was very close. During his high school attendance at Pierre Charles Secondary School, his participation in track ‘n field, cross country, road running and adventure activity groomed him to be the person he was.
Brian was a very ambitious individual who was constantly looking for ways to improve his life and that of others around him. After graduating from high school finding employment in Dominica seemed impossible so Brian got deeply involved in youth groups such as the Cadet Corps, Police Organization for Youth Development (POYD), Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme representing Dominica earning certificates in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Pan American Health Organization, Mass Casualty Management (MCM) Workshop (July 2006), Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leader and Regional Assessor Training in Antigua and St. Vincent . He was also a Volunteer Fire Officer Dominica Fire Ambulance (2005-2007) and a volunteer for the Dominica Red Cross.
Brian was the first person to receive the National Youth Council’s Award for volunteering (2005).
Brian was also known to be a humble and simple individual who gave selfless service. He was reliable, respected and trusted by all he served. His love for athletics made him take a marathon approach to life as it came one day at a time. Brian, Bri Pac, Pacquette, plumber, Brio will surely be missed by the lives he has touched in a very unique and humble way. He was a son, a friend, a nephew, a colleague.
Out of his desire to help groom others, he successfully completed the IAAF CECS Level 2 athletics coaching course in the summer of 2010. He was also one of the first person to win the National Youth Council Award for Volunteerism in Dominica.
After graduating from high school Brian tried securing employment in Dominica and after numerous applications to different institutions on island, including the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force to which his Uncle Cedric and close friend, Miss Delia Giddings, strongly recommended him because of his involvement in numerous organizations and outstanding conduct and discipline, he was never considered. When the opportunity to join the St. Kitts and Nevis Police Department presented itself in 2007, Brian took advantage of the opportunity.
After a number of years with the St. Kitts Police Department, Brian was interested in resettling in Dominica and again demonstrated an interest in being a member of the Dominica Police Force but was denied an opportunity so he remained in the St. Kitts Police Department.
Brian was also intently interested in his personal and educational improvement demonstrated by his relentless effort to pursue studies at the post-secondary/college level.
Run on to eternity, Brian. “Ain’t no stopping you now”. Brian was greatly loved by his family, especially the younger ones.
Brian will be laid to rest on 9th August, 2016 in Roseau Dominica. Brian Pacquette will receive a military style funeral. The Prime minister of St. Kitts and a contingent of Police Officers and military personnel will be attending both from St. Kitts and Dominica.