PFBC Names “Employee of the Year” and Announces Awards for Outstanding Employee Achievement

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (May 10) – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is pleased to announce several awards to employees in recognition of outstanding achievements.

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PFBC Office of Law Enforcement 2021 Officer of the Year Award It was presented to Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO) Chad Doyle. WCO Doyle, whose region includes south of downtown Crawford and eastern Mercer counties in the Northwest, is credited with creating the Model Boat Under the Influence (BUI) and Brief Violation Detection Program within its region. In 2021, Doyle successfully arrested four BUI individuals, assisted in the arrest of three BUI arrests by other officers, and successfully investigated five environmental violations. In addition. Doyle investigated three boating accidents, including one fatal and one that caused more than $200,000 in damage to boats and other docks. Photo

The Top Gun Award Introduced to WCO Sean Lake. This award is given annually to the World Customs Organization that demonstrates outstanding effort in the detection and arrest of boat owners with disabilities. Lake, whose region includes South York County in the southeast, facilitated the arrest and prosecution of 20 individuals for BUI, and helped arrest one by another officer in 2021. Most of the arrests occurred while Lake was patrolling the Susquehanna River. Photo

The Gerald L. Greener Prize for Environmental Protection Presented to WCO Rachael Thurner-Diaz. This award is presented annually to the World Customs Organization representing the best example of ‘resource first’ – the protection, preservation and promotion of the Commonwealth’s water resources. In 2021, Thurner-Diaz, whose counties include Adams and West York in the south-central region, investigated 12 environmental incidents involving four pollution incidents and eight waterway violations. A high-profile investigation in York County resulted in the perpetrator paying more than $50,000 in damages. Photo

a Life Saving Award It was submitted to the World Customs Organization Justin Powright. On February 9, 2022, Powright was attending a law enforcement meeting in Tiadagton State Forest, Leaking County, when cries for help were reported coming from the nearby mountain. Team Boatwright, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the game’s controller in Pennsylvania, responded to the Waterville rail track area where requests for help were identified, and a victim was found struggling to cling to the steep slope above them covered in ice and snow. Waterwright scampered off the cliff to help the victim, who noted that he was walking his dogs up the mountain when he fell and slid about 100 feet down the cliff and believed he had broken his legs. The victim’s hand turned purple, as it was tightly pressed by a rope, which he wrapped around his hand to help him hold onto a small tree. Powright was able to take the pressure off the victims’ hands and help him survive while he sought extra help. While waiting for the other rescuers to arrive, the snow receded under Poetraite and the victim, causing them to slide further down the slope. Under treacherous conditions, Pottert kept the victim safe for several hours while coordinating with other rescuers, who eventually managed to get the victim to the hospital for treatment. Photo

(All images provided by PFBC. Pictured from left to right in all images; PFBC President Richard Kaufman, Colonel Clyde Warner, Award-Winning, PFBC Executive Director Tim Schaefer.)

Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

PFBC has the honor to receive the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its online and education portal activities. In 2022, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection honored 15 completed statewide projects by schools, businesses, and community organizations that demonstrated creativity and innovation in improving the environment.

Initially developed as a response to challenges presented by COVID-19 guidelines for educators, parents, and the Angling and Boating community in Pennsylvania in 2020, PFBC Education staff continues to expand the Activities and Education portal into a comprehensive eco-education store to provide a meaningful experience of “fishing, boating and resources” water” for the participants at home.

The Activities and Education Portal is an extensive resource for anyone interested in water resources, fishing and boating opportunities across the Commonwealth, which includes videos, activities, printable documents, Pennsylvania League of Angling Youth (PLAY) newsletters, crafts, coloring pages, background information, and more. Topics featured on the portal include boating and water safety. fishing, fly fishing and kayak fishing; habitat, watershed and pollution; local fish species; Amphibians and reptiles. and large aquatic invertebrates.

The portal also includes downloadable coloring pages and a variety of educational activities and packages. To facilitate access to content for visually impaired users, the portal also includes Read with PFBC Audio versions of the most popular newsletters.


Media contact:
Mike Parker
Communications Manager
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
(717) 585-3076
[email protected]

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