A wildlife officer who died after falling through the ice early this year will be honoured during the 5th annual Uniformed Services gala in St. John's Saturday night.

Howard Lavers, 57, died after he went through the ice on his snowmobile while he was on patrol in February.

Lavers was with two other officers when he went through the ice on a pond locally known as Eastern Bluey Pond, south of Hawke's Bay on the Northern Peninsula.

The other two officers managed to get out of the water and attempted to save Lavers, but were unable to pull him from the water.

Lavers' son, Canadian Forces Master Corp. Michael Lavers, will give the toast to fallen comrades.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Capital Hotel on Kenmount Road.