AUSTIN (KYTX) - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division has recognized more than 30 peace officers from multiple agencies and four private citizens for their professionalism and dedication in serving the people of Texas.
The awards were presented by TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith and Game Warden Col. Craig Hunter at 10 a.m. Thursday at TPWD headquarters.
This year, the awards highlighted TPWD game wardens and state troopers from the Department of Public Safety who worked together and responded to the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas earlier this year. The responding officers were instrumental in the success of response and recovery operations, as well as the actions of more than 350 other state troopers and game wardens.
Game wardens, fellow peace officers and private citizens who have saved lives on public waters were also recognized. Three recipients of this award were Asst. Commander Brandi Reeder, her husband, game warden Derek Reeder, and their friend Mike Amidon, who were recognized for saving the life of a kayaker who was struggling to hang on to the side of the kayak after he went underwater.
The Medal of Valor award was given to Game Warden Jacob Crumpton of Concho County who had put himself in the line of fire last May 26 to aid Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane after he was struck twice by a gunman who had already killed two people.
Two special agents with the FBI, who have supported and offered continuing educational efforts for game wardens, were awarded the Director's Award.
Also recognized, were TPWD employees and private citizens who have helped with fundraising and other administrative functions of the TPWD Law Enforcement Division, and special recognition was given to all game wardens who have served in the armed forces during a time of conflict.
The recipients are:
Director's Humanitarian Award
Game Warden Capt. Kevin Davis- Llano County
Game Warden Kenny Lee- Kerr County
Game Warden Kevin Webb- Llano County
Director's Citation Award
Game Warden Lt. Trey Shewmake- Cherokee County
Game Warden Brent Tucker- Borden/ Dawson Counties
Game Warden Kenneth Zuber- El Paso County
Game Warden Jason Campbell-Falls County
Game Warden Andrew Alexander- Bastrop County
Game Warden Jim Daniels- Hamilton County
Game Warden Mark Hammonds- Hill County
Game Warden Dayton Isaacs- Bosque County
Game Warden Trent Marker- Limestone County
Game Warden Jeff Powell- Ellis County
Game Warden Michael Serbanic- McLennan County
Game Warden Doug Volcik- Hill County
Director's Life Saving Award
Game Warden Asst. Commander Gary Teeler- Travis County
Game Warden Asst. Commander Brandi Reeder- Travis County
Game Warden Derek Reeder- Aransas County
Game Warden Dewayne Noble- Rains County
Game Warden Derek Spitzer- Wood County
Game Warden Kris Bishop- Bastrop County
Game Warden Joann Garza-Mayberry- Caldwell County
Game Warden David Lewis- Brazos County
Game Warden Charles Tweedle- Castro/Parmer/Deaf Smith Counties
Game Warden Mallory Brodrick- Lubbock County
Medal of Valor
Game Warden Jacob Crumpton- Concho County
Veteran's National Defense Service Award
Game Warden Capt. James Ranft (receiving on behalf of all eligible game wardens)- McLennan County
Scott Boruff– TPWD Deputy Executive Director
Jeannie Munoz – TPWD Project Management Office
Larry Sieck – TPWD Project Management Office
Anne Brown – Executive Director Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
Susan Houston – Philanthropy Director Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
David Schmachtenberger's– FBI Special Agent
Mike Rodriquez– FBI Special Agent
Texas Department of Public Safety state troopers
Sgt. Victor Panicera – South Padre Island Police Department
Capt. David Blevins – U.S. Food and Drug Administration