TPWD News Release — May 27, 2011
AUSTIN — The 2011 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officer of the year award has been presented to Game Warden Ryan Hall.
Warden Hall has served as a game warden for more than eight years and is currently stationed in Polk County, one of the busiest recreational boating areas of the state. He patrols Lake Livingston and the Neches and Trinity rivers. To date, Warden Hall has made 65 boating while intoxicated arrests with an almost 100 percent conviction rate.
TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith presented the award to Hall at Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting on May 26 in Austin.
In his remarks, Smith noted that Hall is heavily utilized by his supervisors to train other wardens, both new and veteran, in BWI enforcement, and that he has been instrumental in working with the District Attorney in his county to implement a zero tolerance for BWI on Lake Livingston.”
Hall has also developed and hosted Kid Fish events designed to introduce children to fishing and outdoor recreation.
A native to the Livingston area, Hall’s knowledge of the area gives him a unique advantage in the location and rescue of lost or stranded boaters, usually because he can just call the boaters’ cell phones to contact them.
As the 2011 TPWD state officer of the year, Hall is now eligible to receive the Southern States Boating Law Administrators Association’s Officer of the Year Award. If chosen for the SSBLA award, he would be nominated for the National Association of Boating Law Administrators’ Officer of the Year Award, to be presented in September.