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September 30, 2003
Thirteen Complete First Half oDeputy Waterways Conservation Officer Training

Thirteen individuals recently successfully completed 100 hours of classroom instruction and are now ready to begin 150 hours of field training as part of their preparation to become a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Deputy Waterways Conservation Officer (DWCO).

 

            DWCOs are trained volunteers who assist Waterway Conservation Officers with enforcing regulations and laws governing fishing and recreational boating in the Commonwealth and assisting with other Commission programs.  Last year, 204 deputies contributed 64,878 hours of service to the agency, including 2,085 hours stocking fish and 1,701 hours providing public information programs. Collectively, they also spent 5,673 hours in training.

 

            "Deputy Waterways Conservation Officers are tremendous assets to the Commission and the angling and boating public.  They enhance the Commission's ability to complete our mission by expanding our public presence.  We draw deputies from all walks of life who share a common interest in protecting the state's aquatic resources and serving those who enjoy recreating on them.  I was delighted to be able to administer the Oath of Office to these new deputies," said Deputy Executive Director Dennis T. Guise. 

 

            Guise also noted the deputy program serves as a feeder program for salaried Waterways Conservation Officers.  The current director and both assistants to the director of the Commission's Bureau of Law Enforcement began their association with the agency as deputies.

 

            The most recent crop of deputies in training include:

 

Name

Hometown

Theodore Bachman

Easton

Colleen Bradley

Philadelphia

Jillian Forrest

State College

Carl Johnson

Castanea

Christopher Kintz

Bushkill

Eugene LaFavor

Williamsport

Keith Myers

Coraopolis

David Parise

Lower Burrell

Eric Potter

Harrison Valley

Robert Reiner

Lebanon

Jeffrey Snyder

Marienville

John Sorenson

York

Raymond Squires

Lehighton

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