The life and legacy of Brian Pacquette

Pacquette died due to an injury he received in the line of duty
Pacquette was shot in the line of duty in St. Kitts

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.


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  1. Janet Harris-George
    August 13, 2016

    I only saw this today. I am filled with grief, sadness, and anger. I have tried to focus on the wonderful times my nuclear family had with Brian and the way this young man morphed into an individual who was strong, mighty, respectful and shared his talents with all those he knew.
    The last time Brian was denied a spot in the DPF I asked someone who would have had connections to investigate why with his training in the St. Kitts PD, experience, and CXCs he could not qualify for a job in his country and the person answered she or he could not tell me. I asked the same question to another person on a casual level and I was told ‘they say Brian is a free spirit’ whatever that meant. Someone met me in town about the time this was happening and was expressing surprise that Brian had returned to the St. Kitts PD and was decrying the people at the Dominica PD.
    Those Dominicans in authority and positions along with our politicians must stop the hurt that is dished out to our young…

  2. forreal
    August 11, 2016

    what is the criteria for being a police in dominica??we can say we literally killed our own,,anyway rest in peace young brother…and to Jeffery pacquette if his your family accept my heartfelt condolences.

  3. Voice of the objective
    August 11, 2016

    Brian proved that despite challenges he found a way to live the life that he wanted. This is indeed a remarkable lesson that we should all pay attention to. Fellow Goodwill resident I saw you grow up and always remember you at my Godmother’s home whenever I visited. Very respectable, humble human being. May you soul RIP. To your mom and the entire Harris family, trust in the Lord.

  4. octavia samson
    August 10, 2016

    Brian, Brian, Brian! A wonderful young man. Small in physical nature but with the heart of a ‘Lion’ not a Cub, but that of a distinct Leader! With great pride I’m here to share my time knowing this “Little Guy” as I’ve always called him.
    Reading all of this, I’m still in tears. Nevertheless, I’m as brave as he was to write with tears about this “Little Guy!” Thanks to his parents/ families for a remarkable job in raising a Son of such magnitude!
    He served our Federation with pride. He had exhibited a great love for his adopted home and families he had grown with here. Brian was truly loved! He’ll be missed as if he was our very own son of the soil!
    Sometimes in life, failures are great successes, if we persist in trying! Brian was highly trained, was a front line office with a big big heart. More often, Brian and I would have conversed on a level like he was my Son! He respected me in all manner! To his family , we’re all in grief but we shall Rise beyond and…

  5. ArAb
    August 10, 2016

    one love bro

  6. ??????.....
    August 10, 2016

    Continued. Sincerest condolences to his family who unturned him to be the young man he turned out to be. Also To the Giddings (Hilda) who was like his mum. Cedric, Mrs Harris George, other relatives , you did a good job of this young man. You should all be proud, though sad but remember Brian for who he was all the positive attitudes he exemplified. Those memories will definitely help in the healing process. God bless and comfort you in those difficult times.

  7. ??????.....
    August 10, 2016

    Yes sometimes we miss the best in our people because we are there looking to a find a tiny hole to capitalize on our unloving and jealous attitudes. I heard the young man acolade and indeed he was a humbles on of the soil who did not let anything deter him. He had a big heart which a lot of us are lacking. We look at the outward appearances and we judge. We reject people because of our subjective opinions. We fail to see the good in others. We cut them 9ff completely in their job humting, even if they have the necessary qualification and exemplary attitudes.

    Brian did very well for his 34 years on this earth. So many persons whomage bent on keeping others down , have not contributed an iota of what he did. As the Pastor puts it it is not how long you live but what you have done for the Lord’s glory and honour. Here goes a young man , many of us should exemplify. He did and exhibited a lot of characteristics that our young persons can umulate. Also the older persons…

  8. Tell the Facts
    August 9, 2016

    He was an ambitious person who made the most of his life/time. It is sad that one such as he passed on. I hope especially the youths took note of his efforts to be the person he became and a Police Officer. He is worth emulating. RIP!
    At first it was thought the criminal shot him. Which is correct?

  9. A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
    August 9, 2016

    R.I.P. PC Brian Pacquette. My sympathies to his family and colleagues.

  10. Justice LeBlanc
    August 9, 2016

    Sad story, RIP Officer Pacquette. I share your profound sadness and pain family, friends and colleagues, reading my heart ached, but it is broken by the effort he made to secure a job in his own country many times with such good records and accomplishments and never succeeded, a little too late now, but someone should look into that file of this young man’s applications and somebody should have to answer why was he not hired after so many attempts, who knows maybe he would be alive today if he was serving his country, which he had tried for so many times from the information revealed reading this story. Impeach those charged and swear on the bible to serve this country…. a blatant lack of respect for our fellow citizens, citizen first! So much I could say but I leave for the persons who need to answer to Officer Pacquette’s family. Love Makes the World go round….

  11. Schoolmate
    August 9, 2016

    R.I.P Plumber…to your family, Especially Delia, hold on and be strong in this difficult time. He was a son to you, you played the role of a mother to Brian and he loved you as a mother. Accept my sympathies Delia and other family members.

  12. Vielle Neg
    August 9, 2016

    Why arent we getting the full story on the circumstances surrounding how he got shot? DNO please do a thorough investigation and enlighten us, i am hearing through the vines that he was shot by a fellow officer during a scuffle between Brian and an assailant, is this a fact? If so so would like to hear more on this, Brian was a friend of mine, we served together in the Dominica Cadet Corps and he was a very good guy, please let us know what really happened.

    • Anti-corruption #1
      August 9, 2016

      I am stunned by that revelation that Brian was denied the opportunity to serve in DA given his fine record. Thanks St Kitts for giving him the opportunity that his country denied him (not just once but twice) and thanks also for giving him that send off with even your PM in attendance. RIP Brian.

      • sorry
        August 11, 2016

        Sorry, anti-corruption 1: this thumbs down was in error. I was trying to register a thumbs up. Sorry.

  13. shay
    August 9, 2016

    Shame on Dominica! This man wanted to return home to serve his country and was turned down to be an officer in Dominica? wow…half of the officers in Dominica may not never be as good as he was. RIP Mr. Brian

  14. August 9, 2016

    R.i.p. comrade, by the ulogy written about you, there’ s no doubt you were a Remarkable young man, with special affenity to making a difference with your life and that of others, through all your trials an tribulations, you keep faith with God, and perseverance was in your D. N. A. You fought a good fight, you left your footprints for others to follow. Thou, I never meet you, or even knew you, nevertheless your service oriented sprit, will touch those who identify with your journey, As the saying goes, ” A king gets no Honor in his country” you might have said that’s ok! The ultimate Honor, is with our God, who has called you to Heaven to continue your mission. If as Reported you were fallen, by friendly fire, during the exciting of your dutiies, ultimately if it turned out, that this was an unfortunate, Tragic accident. Let’s pray for the collegues of your and your entire family. Blessings to all. Our hope is the country in which you served, will Remember you in a tangible way…

  15. Delvin
    August 9, 2016

    When will Skertit create employment for
    People to work in their country.

    • cold hard truth
      August 9, 2016

      Oh shut old fool. Even in time of grief you coming with your rubbish about skerritt. Everything thing in Dominica is about politics smh

  16. Sad
    August 9, 2016

    An amazing person.may your soul rest in eternal peace :cry:

  17. ABOLOR
    August 9, 2016

    \”Life is so unfair?\” I thought life was a gift. Some of us are not appreciative of the gift of life – We take it for granted, until……..

  18. free
    August 9, 2016

    Rest in eternal peace

  19. Lippie
    August 9, 2016

    So sad. Terrible way to loose a life. Shot by one of his colleagues smh. I hope justice will be served. Rest in peace Brio.
    To the government of Dominican police, you bunch of corrupt imbeciles.

    • chen chew dwiet
      August 9, 2016

      you idiot he was shot in st,kitts by a fellow st kitts cop, not by dominica police. smh, learn to read.

  20. tlc
    August 9, 2016

    Rest in perfect peace, my dear, I didn’t know you but I have family that are police officers and very close friends including my dad, so to his family hold on strong god knows best

  21. Brian Williams
    August 9, 2016

    He was shot by a fellow police officer while wrestling with a suspect. R.I.P Brian, you served us well.

    • ABOLOR
      August 9, 2016

      \”He was shot by a fellow police officer while wrestling with a suspect.\” WHY COULDN\’T YOU SAY THAT HE WAS (accidentally) SHOT BY A FELLOW OFFICER? eh?

  22. The Govt. One Man
    August 9, 2016

    Dominica is really a strange country. Many persons genuinely want to help make a change and they are refused by people who think they have the best at heart, obviously making choices that seem queer when we see the results. Be that as it may, some of us just have to try to be the best we can be…

  23. August 9, 2016

    Young men especially in their teens need “heroes” they can look to who exemplify the right things to do.

    It is a lack of such way-showers that cause some to be misled by unworthy men, or get involved in gangs.

    This article about Brian Pacquette shows an outstanding life. He was – and remains – a role model and a mentor – for younger men who will take the time and give attention to tracing the path he trod. This article should be read – no studied – by those wanting to reach worthwhile goals.

    If I was preparing a talk or a sermon for a youth group I would be using illustrations from the life of this
    fine man, this dedicated cop, who will certainly be an inspiration to those wishing to pursue a career in
    law enforcement. My own training enables me to read between the lines and see things sometimes missed by others. This article should be published widely.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  24. Johnny
    August 9, 2016

    May You Soul Rest in Peace Bri Pac. Dealt with you personally in the past . very humble Young man. The Die Young. Numerous Efforts by you to serve your country were denied. No surprise . Your name was too small for the hierarchies to accept you, but you were a man with a big heart and allot of love for people and your country. Till we meet again brother.

  25. What is Skerrit Legacy
    August 9, 2016

    You are one of Dominica’s hero even if the corrupt Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force refused you. You have to be corrupt and bias to belong to anything pertaining to this present government.

    • ?????????
      August 9, 2016

      Go find help. Brian and his family does not need your negative comments here today. You are so political that you do not realise that this a hurting family going to rest their son, brother to earthly rest. Go pick up where Brian left out. Make yourself available and willing. May God bless you.

      Sincerest condolences to Cedric, the other Harris and Pacquette family.

    • pam
      August 9, 2016

      dum dum

  26. nonamegal
    August 9, 2016

    Oh my I remember him. :( Life is so unfair.

    • ABOLOR
      August 9, 2016

      \\”Life is so unfair?\\” I thought life was a gift. Some of us are not appreciative of the gift of life – We take it for granted, until……..

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