DEXTER - Game Warden Kevin S. Adam of Dexter, a game warden of ten years, was honored today when he was named the 2002 Maine Warden of the Year at the Maine Warden Service 2002 Awards Banquet in Winslow this morning.
"Kevin's commitment to the protection of Maine's fish and wildlife has been nothing less than outstanding," said Major Thomas Santaguida of the Maine Warden Service, "and he has excelled in his leadership position as Chief of Planning for search and rescue."
Adam has proved to be relentless in investigations during his career. According to Santaguida, he often refuses to give up on cases, following up on every lead over a period of years, many times resulting in search warrants and prosecutions for major hunting or trapping violations.
Adam has excelled in other areas as well, says Santaguida, especially search and rescue, where he is the chief of planning for the Search and Rescue Overhead team. Just last year, he formulated plans and coordinated resources for a very high profile search for a homicide victim in Portland last year, and also oversaw several successful extended search and rescues. He also has assisted in the training of other states in search and rescue. Adam's commitment to search and rescue has meant many long nights away from home and extensive overnight travel. Adam also speaks regularly to interested groups, and participates in a number of other activities in his community.
The following wardens received Meritorious Service Awards for conduct above the ordinary course of duty, in which a warden because of their initiative courage and diligence places themselves in danger while performing an unusual task: Warden Sergeant Norman Lewis of Bryant Pond, Warden Justin Fowlie of Kennebunk, Warden Mike Joy of South Berwick, Warden David Georgia of Milford, Warden Mike Morrison of Charleston, Warden Sergeant Dan Menard of Greenville, Warden Adam Gormely of Greenville, Warden Jared Herrick of Greenville, and Warden Terry Hughes of Oakland.
Warden Sergeant Roger Guay of Greenville and his canine Reba received the Search and Rescue Canine Case of the Year award, and Warden Mark Merrifield and his canine Aspen received the Conservation Law Enforcement Case of the Year Award.
These game wardens received Exemplary Service Awards for rendering outstanding service that deserves special attention: Warden Terry Hughes of Oakland, Warden Scott Thrasher of Madison, Warden Roland Tilton of South China, Warden Milton "Skip" Bates of Greenville, and Warden Gary Sibley of Fort Kent. Warden Scott Thrasher of Madison also received an award of valour from the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association.
Sergeant Roger Guay of Greenville received the Distinguished Supervisor's Award for demonstrating superior knowledge and leadership in supervisory law enforcement and by doing so has gained the respect of fellow officers, department employees and other agencies. Retired Commissioner Lee Perry received the Colonel's Award for providing distinguished service to the Maine Warden Service, and retired Deputy Commissioner Fred Hurley received a colonel's certificate of appreciation. Retired Game Warden Eric Wight of Bethel received the 2001 legendary Game Warden Award.
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