Ryan Vanderlugt has
been selected as the 2018 District 10 Indiana Conservation Officer of the
Year, the Department of Natural Resources is reporting.
served as an Indiana Conservation Officer since 2011, originally assigned to
Huntington County. In 2014 he was transferred LaPorte County.
as firearms instructor, public safety diver, defensive tactics instructor,
use-of-force instructor, active-shooter instructor, drill instructor,
background investigator, passenger for hire inspector, breath test operator,
He is also a U.S.
Army 153 D UH60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot.
includes Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski and Starke counties.
The district award
puts Vanderlugt in the running for the Pitzer Award, which is awarded to the
state’s top conservation officer and is selected from the 10 district award
The Pitzer Award is
named after Indiana Conservation Officer James D. Pitzer, who was fatally
shot while investigating illegal hunting activity on Jan. 1, 1961, in Jay