Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today presented a Governor’s Award for Excellence to a ranger with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources who defused a dangerous situation threatening himself, lifeguards, and others at a state park in Bucks County.
DCNR Ranger Jared Pierce, assigned to Nockamixon State Park, was honored for his actions last summer when an unruly crowd grew violent, attacking him and threatening others. Though armed and trained as a police officer, Pierce never drew his weapon, instead relying on a cool head and training to meet the threat of a dozen assailants surrounding and punching him.
“The conduct of Ranger Pierce was exemplary, and the actions he chose to take that day will be used to help train other officers in handling hostile or violent group encounters,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “It is a textbook lesson in how to keep themselves and others safe.
Order was restored at the park area as state and local police responded, eventually arresting some of the accused assailants.
“Our rangers tread a thin line between law officer and conservation official,” Dunn said. “They are professional, well-trained and committed to protecting both the public and our state park and state forest resources. Ranger Pierce is a true credit to the men and women who patrol our parks and forests.”
DCNR rangers patrol 121 state parks across the state, and state forestlands that total more than 2.2 million acres. They undergo the same training as that required of municipal police officers.
Praising all state employees for their dedication at today’s ceremony, Governor Wolf presented awards to recognize commonwealth employees for exemplary job performance or service that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation, and/or increased efficiency. A total of 47 employees from 10 agencies received awards for 2017.
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