A Connecticut environmental conservation officer who was shot and killed 15 years ago while investigating a report of illegal deer hunting is being remembered.
A wreath-laying ceremony was planned at Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford on Wednesday, the anniversary of Officer James V. Spignasi Jr.'s death. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials are expected to join Spignasi's family members for the annual event to honor his memory and sacrifice.
Spignasi began his career at the state's environmental agency as a wildlife biologist. He later became an environmental conservation officer in 1990.
A scholarship fund has been created in his name. It is awarded to a UConn upperclassman who aspires to a career in wildlife management.
The hunter involved in the 1998 fatal shooting in Scotland was ultimately acquitted.
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