TPWD News Release — Aug. 22, 2013
AUSTIN— State game warden Eddie Lehr has been recognized as the Texas Officer of the Year by the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers.
The award was presented to Lehr by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director Carter Smith at the Thursday meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at TPWD Headquarters.
Each year, the TPWD Law Enforcement Division selects one officer from across the state who has shown a strong degree of professionalism, has excelled above average standards, and has demonstrated continuous dedication to the agency’s mission.
Lehr has gained a reputation for apprehending some of the most serious violators in Houston County and he routinely logs more than 600 boat hours annually.
In the course of his time on the water he has caught ten groups of individuals illegally netting fish and six groups utilizing electricity-producing devices while illegally fishing on public waters.
He has also made numerous hunting cases, one of which included the seizure of eight deer illegally taken by one group of hunters.
Another case that Lehr was involved in required him to conceal himself in the brush for several hours in sub-freezing temperatures while he waited for violators to return and retrieve illegally taken deer that they had hidden in the woods.
Begun 68 years ago, the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers is the oldest conservation law enforcement organization in the country. Twenty-three member agencies from the United States and Canada make up the Midwest area and TPWD has been a member since 1995.