Conservation Officers and OHRV Safety Instructor Honored
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Press Release | August 22. 2014 11:30PM
◾Conservation Officer Matthew W. Holmes, of Whitefield, N.H. – 2013 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Officer of the Year
◾Conservation Officer Gregory Jellison of Bath, N.H. – 2013 Shikar-Safari International Wildlife Officer of the Year
◾Ron Shaw of New Hampton, N.H. - OHRV Safety Education Instructors Award
“In 2013, Officer Holmes once again demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and enthusiastic attitude towards his profession that has remained consistent throughout his career,” said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Col. Martin Garabedian.
A member of the Specialized Search and Rescue Team and a Field Training Officer, Holmes excels at promoting positive public relations and is a top-notch field investigator. “He is a tireless wildlife investigator who takes his job to heart,” said Garabedian. “More importantly, Officer Holmes is a team player and goes out of his way to assist others.”
As a member of the Specialized Search and Rescue Team, Holmes constantly responds at a moment’s notice to hikers in distress. His patrol area encompasses a good portion of the White Mountain National Forest’s Presidential Range, so he is frequently the first officer called to area search and rescue missions. From his years with Fish and Game and as a former employee of the White Mountain National Forest, Holmes has a depth of knowledge of and experience in the White Mountain region.
The Conservation Law Enforcement Chief’s Association, also known as CLECA, is an organization made up of Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs from the States of Virginia to Maine, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement and Canadian Provinces. The primary purpose of the Association is to encourage and promote conservation law enforcement cooperation among the eastern states represented. Annually, CLECA recognizes an officer from each state for their outstanding contributions to fish and wildlife protection of our country’s natural resources.