FWC opens December meeting with recognitions
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) opened its December meeting Wednesday in Weston by
honoring several individuals for their contributions in helping the
FWC manage and protect the state's precious natural resources.
Three sportsmen, an author, a prosecutor and an FWC law enforcement
officer were recognized for their efforts.
South Florida outdoor enthusiasts Mike Zimmer, Rick
Murphy and Barkey Haddad produce "Sportsman's Adventures" and the
"Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report" for the Sun Sports cable
channel. These programs help promote Florida as the Fishing Capital
of the World and expose thousands of viewers, including young
people, to critically important conservation messages.
The FWC also recognized fifth-generation native
Floridian Harvey Oyer. Oyer penned two popular children's books
based on the real-life adventures of his ancestors, who were among
Palm Beach County's original settlers. In the stories, young
readers learn about Florida's environment and history.
Pasco and Pinellas County Assistant State Attorney
Holly Grissinger was recognized for her dedication to the
prosecution of fish and wildlife cases. Grissinger is a supervisor
who has chosen to personally handle more than 1,000 of the FWC's
most difficult misdemeanor and felony cases. She also has provided
legal training to the FWC officers in her area to assist them in
bringing high-quality cases to the state attorney's office for
Lastly, the Shikar-Safari Club International
presented FWC Law Enforcement Officer Rich Wilcox, of the FWC's
Northeast region, with its Officer of the Year award. Since joining
the FWC in 2005, Wilcox has made significant cases involving
accused fish and wildlife violators. Last year, Wilcox earned the
agency's lifesaving award after he successfully rescued a missing
Putnam County woman. Wilcox is also the FWC's Law Enforcement
Officer of the Year.
The entire agenda is available at
MyFWC.com/Commission. The meeting is open to the public.