Department of Natural Resources officer honored for ‘passion, devotion’
MICHIGAN CITY – An Indiana Department of Natural Resources officer based in Michigan City has two prestigious awards from a national boating group.
Conservation Officer Sgt. Guy Wendorf was recognized this week by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators as its North Region Boating Enforcement Officer of the Year (representing 21 states) and as its President’s Award recipient.
“Throughout Sgt. Wendorf’s career his expertise, dedication, and commitment to the boating mission remains unmatched throughout the state of Indiana,” a statement from NASBLA said. “Across the state, Sgt. Wendorf’s name is synonymous with anything attributed to boating.”
The awards, presented at the annual NASBLA conference in Indianapolis, recognized Wendorf for his “efforts to educate officers on safe and effective boat handling, enhancement of his agency’s effectiveness and efficiency in addressing threats on the waterways, and effective boating-law enforcement,” NASBLA said.
Wendorf is assigned to DNR District 10, located on Lake Michigan. He served as a reservist with the U.S. Coast Guard before becoming a conservation officer in 1996.
“The eight years he served as a Reservist with the U.S. Coast Guard provided a foundational love and appreciation for serving the boating public,” NASBLA said. “Sgt. Wendorf has built upon that foundation over the past 22 years and is routinely called upon for his expertise.”
With DNR, he “has saved the state thousands of dollars through his active role in writing Port Security Grants,” a statement from the agency said. “He was instrumental in implementing the Radiological Nuclear Detection (RND) program to further protect the state’s critical assets and infrastructure on Indiana waterways.”
A certified NASBLA Boat Crew Member instructor, Wendorf has certified many Indiana conservation officers to be prepared for state and national deployments during disasters.
He has also been instrumental in the enhancement of DNR Law Enforcement’s underwater search capabilities, creating a District Sonar Team and training officers in the use of the equipment
“Sgt. Wendorf is passionate about educating officers in all facets of boats, boat operations, navigation, and application of boating laws,” NASBLA said. “His passion, example, commitment and devotion to the mission exemplify the epitome of the responsibility and dedication of a conservation officer.”
— From staff reports