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February 27, 2008

DNR sergeant honored by National Wild Turkey Federation

The National Wild Turkey Federation recently honored DNR 1st Sgt. Richard Todd Campbell as the 2008 National Wild Turkey Federation Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Campbell was recognized during the Saturday Awards Banquet at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)'s annual Convention and Sport Show held Feb. 21 to Feb. 24 in Atlanta, for his efforts in conserving America's wildlife.

"Going beyond the call of duty is routine for Sgt. Campbell. He constantly exceeds expectations in all aspects of his job," said DNR Law Enforcement Col. Alvin Taylor. "No detail is overlooked, and he can always be counted on to get the job done. He sets up details on his own and sees them through."

"Without the tremendous level of support for wild turkey conservation from wildlife officers such as Sgt. Campbell, restoration efforts and wildlife management strategies would never have succeeded," said Rob Keck, NWTF CEO. "We want to ensure that they receive the thanks and recognition they so richly deserve."

Campbell received the South Carolina State Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, making him eligible for the NWTF's National Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

"Accepting this award is a lifetime achievement for me. I've spent 13 years of hard work for something I believe in -- the future of hunting and my kids. In my line of work, I believe the most important thing is to make sure future generations are able to hunt like I've been able to," said Campbell. "A lot of dedicated and deserving officers are here, and to be nominated among such company is an honor in itself."

DNR Capt. William Poole is Campbell's region captain, "Todd, being a dedicated turkey hunter himself, puts a little extra emphasis on turkey violations. His accomplishments this year were extraordinary," said Poole. "He is the most dedicated Game Warden I have ever worked with." Poole says Campbell has dedicated himself to protecting wildlife in the Palmetto State and educating the public about conservation and the role hunting plays in wildlife management.

The NWTF is a grassroots, nonprofit organization with more than 550,000 members in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and 14 other foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.

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.

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