Indiana Conservation officers are reporting that Officer Eric Doane assigned to Martin County has won the District 7 Officer of the Year Award.
An officer is selected in each of the 10 DNR Law Enforcement Districts throughout the state and one officer is selected for the James D. Pitzer award.
The annual award is named after James D. Pitzer who was a conservation officer for 20 years before he was shot and killed in the line of duty while checking rabbit hunters in Jay County Jan. 1, 1961.
Officer Doane grew up in the small town of Dover Hill in the suburbs of Shoals. He attended Shoals High School and graduated in 1988. After high school Officer Doane attended Vincennes University for conservation law and was hired by the DNR Law Enforcement Division in 1992. His first county assignment was Union County where he served for 5 ½ years. He transferred back to his home county in 1998 where he is currently still serving.
This is the third time Officer Doane has won the District Seven Officer of the Year award.
He also won the award in 2004 and 2007 respectively. Being chosen for the award three times in less than 10 years shows his consistency and dedication to protecting the natural resources of the state.