Search and rescue, boating safety enforcement, and boating safety education are just some of the responsibilities of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division boating officers.
Cpl. Shawn Elmore recently was selected as the 2012 Georgia Boating Officer of the Year for his outstanding performance as a boating safety officer.
Some boating safety-related activities by Elmore this past year included a concentrated effort to enforce and educate the public on the Etowah River about personal floatation device usage and requirements, teaching boating incident investigation to recruits at the Conservation Ranger Academy, presenting at boating information and education events, and designing and implementing the drowning investigation course taught at the Academy.
Elmore will receive recognition from the Southern States Boating Law Administrators Association this spring, and will be a candidate for further honors from SSBLAA.
He also is eligible for the Butch Potts “Boating Law Enforcement of the Year” honor from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
For more information on boating safety and education, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/boating .