A York County wildlife officer was recently honored by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies as the 2007 Wildlife Officer of the Year.
S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Sgt. Richard "Todd" Campbell was awarded Wildlife Officer of the Year for 2007 during ceremonies held Monday, Oct. 22 in Charleston, W.Va. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) is an organization whose members are the state agencies with primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in 16 states, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Campbell was also awarded the title of statewide DNR wildlife officer of the year for 2007 on Sept. 28 in Columbia.
DNR agency director John Frampton noted this is a prestigious award for Campbell and the agency, "This is the first time that a South Carolina officer has been given this award," said Frampton. "His attitude and leadership set the standard for his unit, region, and state and now for the entire Southeast."
DNR Law Enforcement Col. Alvin Taylor also praised the Sgt. Campbell for his outstanding work and dedication, "Going beyond the call of duty is routine for Sgt. Campbell," said Col. Taylor. "His law enforcement work sets the bar and he is an example to other officers on how to be a Game Warden."
While Sgt. Campbell has made numerous cases for natural resources violations it must be noted that he also issued 135 warnings (as of April ’07) and has given 42 public presentations. He places the highest priority on the safety and well being of residents and visitors in South Carolina in their use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources. A large part of that is educating the public with knowledge necessary in making informed natural resource decisions.
DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.