Two N.H. Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers were recently honored as New Hampshire’s Conservation Officers of the Year – Conservation Officer Bradley Morse of Holderness, and Conservation Officer Todd Szewczyk of Hollis.
Fish and Game Conservation Officer Bradley Morse of Holderness was honored as New Hampshire’s Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year for 2010. Morse patrols the towns of Holderness, Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor and Sandwich. [Morse grew up in Waterville Valley, the son of Jugtown Country Store owner, Kevin Morse.]
Morse was praised for his depth of skills and a personable, outgoing approach that helps him promote positive public relations as he enforces wildlife laws and protects natural resources, setting a good example for younger officers.
“Morse is an incredibly motivated Conservation Officer,” said Col. Martin Garabedian, Chief of Fish and Game Law Enforcement. “His enthusiasm and constant drive for a teamwork approach to every challenge is refreshing. Without question, Officer Morse cares about both the people he works with and the people he serves.”
Morse is a licensed paramedic, training he received while serving in the U.S. Army as a medic. “This training and experience have proven to be valuable assets for Fish and Game and for the citizens who have had the good fortune to have received medical care from him during backcountry rescue missions,” said Garabedian.
Morse is also a firearms instructor, a defensive tactics instructor, a field training officer, and a member of the Advanced Search and Rescue Team, the Fish and Game Dive Team and the Department’s Honor Guard. On his own time, he volunteers for the Holderness Fire Department and the Waterville Valley Ski Patrol.
“Morse is an officer who exhibits good common sense, dedication to duty and loyalty to a fault,” said Garabedian. “No matter how difficult or challenging a mission assigned to him, he will take it on and always exceed our expectations.”
The Shikar-Safari Club International is a worldwide organization dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife, with emphasis on endangered and threatened species and promoting the enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.
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