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TPWD News Release — May 23, 2008

Biggerstaff Named Southern States Boating Officer of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas — Game Warden Alan Biggerstaff of Conroe has been named the 2008 Southern States Boating Officer of the Year for Texas.

Biggerstaff graduated from the Texas Game Warden Academy in 1988. His current patrol area includes Lake Conroe and the San Jacinto River, where his efforts have made area waters safer. One of his responsibilities is to organize and coordinate boating safety saturation patrols. His proactive efforts to detect alcohol use led the way in taking 22 intoxicated boat operators off area lakes. He has also worked with teachers to bring boating safety programs to five area schools.

His search and rescue efforts recently led to the recovery of two fishermen whose boat was found unoccupied and running in circles.

Biggerstaff received the award from the Southern States Boating Law Administrators’ Association. The group was created to promote boating safety and is comprised of 17 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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