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IN: Conservation Officer Gets National Award

By: by Indiana Department of Natural Resources

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Conservation Officer Blaine Gillan has been selected by the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association to receive the 2011 Torch Award.

The award encourages professional development of recently appointed officers. The recipient must have demonstrated a genuine desire to protect the resource, and an exceptional ability and initiative in the performance of his or her duties, including public education.

Gillan is one of five officers to receive the Torch Award this year. The others are from Canada, Idaho and Pennsylvania. Gillan is only the second conservation officer from Indiana to receive the Torch Award. The first was Tim Janowski of Lake County in 2002.

Gillan, who is assigned to Montgomery County, was nominated by fellow Indiana Conservation Officers, Joshua Schoon and Brian Hultquist. 

“Blaine has excelled in his duties in the short time he has been an Indiana Conservation Officer,” said Col. Scotty Wilson, director of DNR Law Enforcement. “During his few years in this profession, he has garnered the respect of his community, his peers and his supervisors. He patrols with a purpose.”

Gillan graduated second in his class at the Indiana Conservation Officers Recruit School in 2006.

He received a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Indiana State in 2003 after attending and graduating with honors from Vincennes University in 2002. He also graduated with honors in the top 10 of his class at Linton-Stockton High School in Greene County. 

Gillan worked two summers as a water patrol officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and one as a seasonal park ranger at Glacier National Park in Montana before returning to Indiana in 2005 to work in DNR Nature Preserves as a laborer, primarily at Portland Arch Nature Preserve in Fountain County.

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