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Conservation Officer James Lansford Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama

Conservation Officer

James Lansford "Lance" Horner, Jr.

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama

End of Watch: Sunday, June 22, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 6 years, 6 months

Badge # 508

Cause: Drowned

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Officer Horner drowned while attempting to assist another officer whose boat became disabled on the Tombigbee River near the Coffeeville Lock and Dam at 1120 hours.

The officer with the disabled boat was able to tie it up to the lock. Officer Horner, who was wearing a flotation vest, and his boat were pulled underneath the churning water and pulled through the flood gates. The other officer was able to contact the lock master to call for help. Officer Horner's body was found several miles downstream of the dam.

Officer Horner had been with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries for 6.5 years, and is survived by his wife, 5-month-old son, parents, and sister.

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Lance and I worked together quite a few times and I always enjoyed the time we spent together either working hunting details, management area hunts, night hunting and illegal hunting over bait or checking creel limits, size and fishing license on he Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers. I was with the Alabama Marine Police and we covered some of the same rural areas and we worked together whenever we could. Friends are rare and Lance was my friend and I still miss him. He wore his uniform and badge with pride and honor and I like that. Lance was a fine Conservation Enforcement Officer and I am honored to have known and worked with him.

CEO Richard C. Miller
Alabama Marine Police
June 23, 2017

 

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