Game Warden Lieutenant Marshall receives National Officer of the Month honor
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Game Warden Lieutenant Mike Marshall of Monticello was recently honored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as its Officer of the Month. Marshall is featured on the NLEOMF website, and will be featured on the NLEOMF calendar in December of 2003 with a picture and a biography.
Marshall is lieutenant of Division E of the Maine Warden Service, headquartered in Ashland. He was promoted to that position from the rank of sergeant five years ago. Mike is a game warden of 24 years, having started as a district warden in the Grand Lake Stream area.
Among Lieutenant Marshall's accomplishments as a lieutenant are:
- McDonald' Public Relations Safety Campaign - Through Marshall's efforts, McDonald's agreed to provide a free desert to any child encountered by a game warden who was wearing a helmet while snowmobiling or wearing a life jacket while in a boat.
- Line of Duty Death Process - During 1998-1999, Lieutenant Marshall reworked the line of duty death process for the Maine Warden Service including: new policy, new funeral protocol, organization of booklet on death benefits for the family of a fallen officer, and notification information packets.
- Warden Service Chaplain Program - Mike organized a Game Warden Chaplain program and the Warden Service has found this of great value and members constantly remark on the benefit to them and their families.
- Critical Incident Team Leader - Lieutenant Marshall recognized the value of critical incident debriefing for officers who are exposed to trauma and stress. Out of his concern for our officers in a time of stress and crisis, he was instrumental in proposing and establishing a critical incident stress debriefing team and is one of the two team leaders. Mike has participated in a number of debriefings for our officers and along with the other team leader, he will be certified as a Critical Incident Debriefer this winter.
- Junior Warden Badge Program - Lieutenant Marshall started our junior warden badge sticker program educates children about the importance of Maine's natural resources.
"Mike has taken on projects with very little fan fare or notoriety, yet of significant value to the agency and the profession. His work has been requested for models for other agencies," said Major Tom Santaguida, Marshall's supervisor. "Lieutenant Marshall is one of these rare people who has dedicated his life to a public service purpose. His only reward has been the satisfaction he gets from serving others. Recognition for his achievements and dedication to helping others make this award very well deserved."
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers. The NLEOMF Officer of the Month Program recognizes federal, state and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.