Bruce Harschnitz, an Auxiliary Staff Sergeant, tragically passed away after being struck by a car while walking on White Swan Road in Brant County around 6:00 a.m. on November 20, 2023. This unfortunate incident marks the conclusion of Bruce’s dedicated service as an auxiliary staff sergeant, creating a void in the hearts of those who were familiar with him.
Bruce’s journey in auxiliary policing began with the Paris Police Department Auxiliary. In 1998, he seamlessly transitioned to the Brant County OPP Auxiliary Unit following the amalgamation of the Paris Police Service with the OPP. Throughout his years in law enforcement, Bruce exhibited unwavering commitment and dedication to public service.
Beyond his role in law enforcement, Bruce Harschnitz was celebrated for his deep passion for nature, which harmoniously aligned with his extensive career at the Hamilton Conservation Authority. His connection with the natural world began 45 years ago when, while still in high school, he embarked on a summer job in the Dundas Valley. This experience laid the foundation for a lifelong commitment to environmental conservation.
After obtaining a degree in environmental science from Trent University, Bruce returned to the Hamilton Conservation Authority in 1990. His journey within the organization started as a marina attendant and parks worker at Fifty Point in Winona. Over the years, Bruce ascended through the ranks and served as superintendent at Christie Lake for 23 years, followed by a three-year tenure in the same role at Confederation Beach Park. In 2017, he assumed the position of manager of conservation area services, showcasing his leadership and dedication to preserving natural spaces.
Bruce Harschnitz’s life took a sudden and tragic turn on that fateful Wednesday morning when he was fatally struck by a car while walking on White Swan Road in Brant County. He died at the age of 61. His passing leaves a void in the community, and the impact of his contributions to both law enforcement and environmental stewardship will be remembered for years to come.
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Bruce Harschnitz’s legacy is one of service, dedication, and a profound love for nature. As the community grieves his loss, the family will release his obituary and funeral arrangements, providing an opportunity for friends, colleagues, and community members to come together to celebrate his life and pay their respects.