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July 30, 2018
TPWD Graduates 30 Texas Game Wardens and State Park Police Officers
AUSTIN-- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department graduated the 62nd Texas game warden and state park police officer cadet class July 30 at the Texas State Capitol. The class included 23 game wardens and seven state park police officers.
Following their seven month preparation at the TPWD Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County, the newly-commissioned state peace officers were recognized during a special ceremony that included a keynote speaker, oath of office and commissioning by senior-level department staff and TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith.
"We, the State of Texas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, along with the people in the communities in which you will live and work and serve and raise your families, will expect you to be pillars of strength and leadership, resolute in character and virtue, fair beyond reproach, and unfailing in response in times of disaster and duress," said Smith. "When you are called for help, day or night, weekday or weekend, irrespective of the need or the cause or the caller for help, you will go and you will go dutifully."
The graduates will begin their new careers stationed in counties and state parks throughout the state.
The 62nd cadet class brings a unique and diverse collection of skillsets and accomplishments; among their ranks include a licensed attorney, a high school science teacher, a former SWAT team commander, a Gold Gloves boxing champ, and a seasoned marathon runner with more than 30 races under his belt, including a pair of 50-mile events. Several in the class are military veterans, including a U.S. Marine who served on MP Squadron One, the president's Marine One detail, and a 20-year U.S. Army special ops veteran with more than 120 static line airplane jumps on his resume. One cadet hails from California, while another is from Rhode Island, but the bulk of the class are homegrown Texans.
The duties of a Texas game warden include the enforcement of all state laws with primary emphasis on hunting, fishing and water safety regulations. As fully commissioned state peace officers, they respond to all types of emergency situations, assist other law enforcement agencies and work to educate the public about conservation issues.
"Looking back 26 years ago, becoming a Texas game warden was like a dream come true," recalled Texas Game Warden Col. Grahame Jones, TPWD Law Enforcement Division Director. "I commend these newly commissioned game wardens for their hard work and dedication as they realize their dream and embark on a mission to protect our valuable and fragile natural resources and fellow citizens of Texas."
State park police, also commissioned state peace officers, provide law enforcement services to the visitors and users of state parks and help enforce laws within their local jurisdictions.
"These new park police officers will be assigned to critical locations around the state where they will be working alongside other law enforcement to serve and protect the citizens of Texas within our state parks, and beyond the borders of our sites," said Wes Masur, Chief of State Park Police with TPWD. "This class marks our fourth group of officers who have trained alongside our partner game wardens as a cohesive law enforcement unit, and I look forward to working with these dedicated individuals."
All graduates met the state-mandated requirements for peace officer certification, including criminal and constitutional law, firearms, self-defense, use of force, defensive driving, arrest, search and seizure, ethics and first aid.
The 62nd cadet class joins a force of more than 500 game wardens and 160 park police officers in the field to help enforce TPWD regulations and carry the department's high standards to every corner of the state.
These are the new game wardens and park police and the counties or parks in which they will be stationed:
Location   Assignment
Mitchell / Howard  Mason Murr
Coke Randall Mullins
Midland / Glasscock / Martin  Derek Bean
Hudspeth   Ruben Aguilar
Hudspeth   Ryan Svehla
El Paso Freeman Cones
Pecos Trevor Pevehouse
Bowie Nathan Lavender
Freestone  David McMillen
Robertson  Matthew Adams
Duval Zackary Stevenson
Live Oak   Kally Marbach
Maverick   Matthew Maloney
Starr  Dustyn Jansky
Zapata Gloria Alcaraz
Zapata Chuck Daugherty
Zapata James Ramirez
Webb Michael Hickerson
Webb Roper Smith
Palo Pinto  Michael Foster
Palo Pinto  Amelia Springer
Kent / Dickens Jeremy Lindsey
Throckmorton Clayton Armstrong
Garner SP   Jose Almaza III
Cedar Hill SP  Allison R. Langley
Eisenhower SP Keegan E. Moore
Tyler SP Michael S. Roden
Lake Tawakoni SP   Justin W. Sooter
Lost Maples SNA   Erin Trotti
Lake Somerville SP  Richard J. Whitt
For more information about TPWD Law Enforcement, visit us online at https://tpwd.texas.gov/warden/recruiting-careers/career .

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July 30, 2018
Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Nominations Accepted Through Nov. 1
ATHENS -- The Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame committee is seeking nominations for next year's hall of fame winners through Nov. 1, 2018.
"Since 1997, the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame has recognized 34 outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to Texas fishing," said Dan Kessler, TFF Hall of Fame Committee Chair. "There are undoubtedly many, many more who deserve recognition for their efforts. Please help raise their profile by nominating them for the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame."
The nominees will be evaluated by the 10 members of the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame committee made up of anglers, industry professionals and organizations in Texas freshwater fishing. Inductees will be chosen based on the following criteria: ethics, leadership and commitment, unselfish contributions to the sport, scope of impact on freshwater fishing and fishing/fisheries management expertise and impact.
The winners will be announced in Spring 2019 and will be presented with their awards in a special ceremony during Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest, a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament held May 2-6, 2019.
"This year we were thrilled to formally induct our 2018 winners on stage at one of the most exciting bass fishing events in Texas," Kessler said. "We are excited to continue that tradition moving forward, and we look forward to reviewing all of this year's nominations and welcoming the winners on stage surrounded by Texas fishing fans and professionals again next year."
The most recent inductees to the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame include Shannon Tompkins and Lake Fork Sportsman's Association in 2018; and Bobby Whiteside and Gulf States Toyota in 2017.
The Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is housed at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Its mission is to "recognize and honor those who have made a lasting contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas, and to foster a sense of appreciation, awareness and participation in the sport of fishing."
Nomination forms and instructions are available online or by calling (903) 676-2277.
Videos highlighting the 2018 TFF Hall of Fame winners can be found on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's YouTube Channel under the titles: Shannon Tompkins inducted into 2018 Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Lake Fork Sportsman's Association inducted into 2018 Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.