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April 28, 2011
Maine Warden Service Honors Scott Martin as “Warden of the Year”
Winslow, Maine – Maine Warden Service Game Warden Scott Martin of Patten was recognized on Tuesday, April 26 as “Warden of the Year” for his commitment to conservation law enforcement, particularly efforts to combat poaching, during the Maine Warden Service’s annual meeting.
Also during the meeting, a special tribute was given to Maine Warden Service Pilot Daryl R. Gordon, who died in the line of duty on March 24, 2011. Mrs. Rita Gordon and family members were present, as condolences were given during speeches throughout the meeting.
“I am thankful that I got to know Daryl Gordon as a co-worker, employee and friend,” said Maine Warden Service Col. Joel Wilkinson, chief game warden. “His death is tragic, and I know his memory and career will live on with all of you, myself and those who will come after us.”
U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock, MDIF&W Deputy Commissioner Andrea Erskine, legislators and MDIF&W Advisory Council members attended the event, in which more than 20 awards were handed out for accomplishments during the last year that represented the service’s core values of commitment, honor and sacrifice.
“I am proud of you,” Commissioner Woodcock told the ranks. “Your heritage is significant. Your predecessors set an extremely high standard. You are envied by many. Uphold their service and commitment. Honor your past and raise the standard. Remember, you are a Maine Game Warden.”
The Maine Warden Service, with 125 employees, is the nation’s oldest conservation law enforcement agency, and is celebrating its 131st year.
The Maine State Police was honored for its assistance during the week following the line-of-duty death of Pilot Gordon, from the search for Pilot Gordon’s plane to the funeral service on March 30.
This year’s honorees are:
Down East (magazine) Environmental Award: To the Maine Warden Service, presented by Editor-in-Chief Paul Doiron, for conservation law efforts to protect Maine’s inland waters and woods.
Outstanding Stewardship of America’s Waterways: To the Maine Warden Service and Brookfield Renewable Power, from the National Hydropower Association. This award is considered one of the hydropower industry’s most prestigious honor, for public/private collaboration on water safety outreach. More than 700 entrants were considered for this honor. The Maine Warden Service and Brookfield have partnered on two public safety campaigns urging boaters, anglers and snowmobilers to exercise caution around hydroelectric dams.
“The collaboration with the Maine Warden Service has been invaluable in helping us spread the message about safety on Maine’s rivers,” said Daniel Whyte, Vice President of Government and Stakeholder Affairs for Brookfield Renewable Power. ”Together we have a much broader reach and impact, which is why we are pleased to share the Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award for public education with the Maine Warden Service.”
Warden of the Year/Shikar Safari Club Wildlife Officer of the Year Award: To Game Warden Scott Martin, an 11-year veteran, presented by Col. Wilkinson. “Warden Martin has demonstrated that he is a very well-rounded warden, with several areas of expertise,” Col. Wilkinson said. “Throughout his career, Warden Martin has been driven to apprehend the true fish and wildlife intentional violator. He is a highly organized individual and always has an action plan for whatever the season is on the horizon. He has great success in executing these plans and is at the top of his section in performance and prosecutions.”
Colonel’s Award: To Officer Tom Parks of Togus Veterans Hospital, selected and presented by Col. Joel Wilkinson, for his distinguished support and service to the Maine Warden Service and its mission, particularly for his response to shots being fired on hospital grounds.
Supervisor of the Year Award: To Lt. Tom Ward of Ashland, presented by Warden Dave Milligan, for his expertise in field management in the northeastern division of the Maine Warden Service.
Meritorious Service Award: Given to a Game Warden for conduct above the ordinary course of duty when, because of initiative, courage and diligence, the Game Warden places himself in danger while performing his duty.
To Game Warden Rick LaFlamme and his wife, Tammy, of Arundel, presented by Lt. Adam Gormely, for their rescue of an elderly couple whose sailboat was heavily damaged and grounded on rocks in rough ocean waters and weather conditions off Wood Island going towards Negro Island.
To Sgt. Ron Dunham of Lincoln and Game Warden Joe Lefebvre of Damariscotta, for their response to reports of shots being fired at Togus Veterans Hospital in Augusta.
Exemplary Service Awards: Given to a Game Warden who has rendered relevant outstanding service which deserves special recognition.
To Game Warden Investigator Kevin Anderson, presented by Captain Dan Scott; for his professional conduct, attention to detail and dedication in the handling of several major poaching investigations.
To Game Warden Investigator Bill Livezey, presented by Captain Dan Scott, for his professional investigation of a serious near-fatal hunting incident that led to a conviction, and his efforts in numerous major illegal drug and poaching-related incidents.
To Game Warden Peter Herring of Gorham, presented by Lt. Adam Gormely; for his efforts with Maine State Police to recover thousands of dollars of stolen snowmobile parts in Maine and New Hampshire, the recovery of two computers from the woods that had evidence of child pornography and led to a major arrest, and the arrest of a night hunter who nearly shot the warden while attempting to take a deer.
To Sgt. Ron Dunham of Lincoln, Corporal Andy Glidden of Millinocket and Game Warden Jim Davis of East Millinocket , presented by Warden Paul Farrington, for their efforts to rescue a search-and-rescue volunteer who was badly injured in rugged terrain on the southeast slope of Mount Katahdin during Memorial Day weekend.
To Game Warden Investigator Jason Luce, Game Wardens Norman Lewis of Bryant Pond, Jeremy Judd of Mechanic Falls, Tony Gray of Poland, Dave Chabot of Greene, and Mike Pierre of South Portland, and K-9s Clyde, Tundra and Ruby, presented by Sgt. Tim Place, for their professionalism in what initially was a search call for a missing hunter that became a homicide investigation.
• K-9 Conservation Case of the Year Award: To Game Warden Paul Farrington of Springfield and K-9 Koda, of Springfield, presented by Corporal Wayde Carter, for their recovery of key evidence during a moose poaching investigation.
• K-9 Search and Rescue of the Year Award: To Michelle Merrifield and K-9 Duchess, of Union, for the discovery of a deceased male and recovery of key evidence to assist Maine State Police in its investigation of a homicide.
• Boating Officer of the Year Award: To Game Warden Neal Wykes, of Naples, presented by Lt. Adam Gormley, for his law enforcement and boating safety efforts on Sebago Lake.
• Maine Warden Service Association Legendary Game Warden: To retired Game Warden Chief Pilot Andrew Stinson, who served from 1956 to 1977. Among his accomplishments, retired Pilot Andrew Stinson located the missing B-52 near Greenville in 1962, and he also located the wreckage of a plane crash that killed two foresters a couple of years earlier.
• Maine Warden Service Association Merit Award: Presented by Rick Clowry, Jim Fahey and Norm Lewis:
To Jim and Lori Geib of New Frontier Taxidermy in Solon. Chris Ames, a Barnard Township boy suffering a debilitating illness, wanted to shoot a buck before his eyesight began to deteriorate. He did. The Geibs were asked by game wardens if they could mount the deer in a hurry, which the Geibs offered to do at no charge. The Geibs were not in attendance to accept the award. Mr. Ames accepted it for them.
To Marc Payne and Diane Winn of Avian Haven, for their efforts to save injured eagles, owls, hawks, and other federally protected bird species that are recovered throughout Maine.
To Dana Edmunds of West Paris, an animal damage control agent, search and rescue volunteer,for his assistance in nuisance animal and injured animal complaints.
To Bob Baribeau and the Mohoosuc Mountain Rescue Team, who assist game wardens with specialized ropes and mountain climbing techniques in cooperative search and rescue efforts.