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DNR Names 2011 Wildlife Employees of the Year

Tom Decker and Ken D'Loughy displaying their awards.

Tom Decker and Ken D’Loughy displaying their awards.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Advisory Commission named Ken D’Loughy and Tom Decker the 2011 Wildlife Employee(s) of the Year at an award ceremony on in November 14 in Annapolis. D’Loughy, a Regional Manager, and Decker, a Wildlife Response Technician ─ both of whom work in Maryland’s Central Region ─ have spent more than 30 years with DNR, dedicating their time and energy to protecting and serving the State’s wildlife and citizens.

“Ken and Tom always exhibit the utmost professionalism and never waiver on using good judgment and timely responsiveness to every public service request their called to manage,” said DNR Wildlife and Heritage Director Paul Peditto.

DNR recognized the men for their exemplary service, including going far beyond the call of duty, responding to issues that include deer trapped in buildings, sick and injured wildlife, illegally possessed captive wildlife, and black bears moving through the region.

“Their number one priority is customer service,” said DNR Deer Project Leader Brian Eyler, who nominated the recipients. “I have no doubt that their enthusiasm and dedication now is no less than it was when they started. I can truly say they are deserving of Employees of the Year.”