Md. Natural Resources Police Honor Several So. Marylanders

ANNAPOLIS (March 5, 2008) — The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP), the law enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), honored both officers and private citizens from across the state with certificates of merit and appreciation last night. Several southern Marylanders were honored at this year’s award ceremony.

Corporal Michael Leishear of Leonardtown received the 2006 Boating Safety Officer of the Year Award for his efforts towards creating and maintaining a safe boating environment on Maryland waters.

Corporal Darryl Riley of Hollywood received the 2007 Conservation Officer of the Year Award for his efforts toward preserving and protecting Maryland wildlife.

Officer First Class Timothy Kraemer of Great Mills received a Certificate of Merit.

Officer First Class Timothy Kraemer of Great Mills and Lieutenant David Larsen of St. Leonard received Superintendent’s Commendations.

DNR Secretary John R. Griffin attended the ceremony along with Deputy Secretary Eric Schwaab, NRP Superintendent Col. George F. Johnson IV and NRP Deputy Superintendent LTC. Alphonso W. Hawkins. Also attending were Maryland Park Service (MPS) Superintendent Nita Settina, MPS Deputy Superintendent LTC. Chris Bushman and William Boyd of Shikar-Safari Club International. NRP Capt. Robert Davis was the emcee for the evening and NRP Lt. Joe Offer gave the invocation and benediction.

“Tonight we celebrate your sacrifices and your accomplishments as we recognize just a few of the many acts of bravery, sacrifice and generosity that occur everyday.” Superintendent Johnson said. “Leadership is easy in an agency with so many motivated and dedicated professionals.”

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