Justin Stedman of Pawlet is Vermont's State Game Warden of the Year. A State Game Warden for nine years, Stedman was given the award by Governor Peter Shumlin in recognition of his excellent service on May 4, in Montpelier.
"I want to thank you for your outstanding performance in protecting Vermont's fish and wildlife resources and serving the people of Vermont," said Governor Shumlin. "We all appreciate your professionalism, excellent law enforcement work, your training of other wardens and your outreach to the public."
Warden Stedman this year was recognized for his second "life saving" award. He saved an 8-year-old boy who was swept downstream in the Mettawee River in Pawlet. The frantic mother approached a store where Stedman was visiting, explaining her child was washed away by high water. Stedman immediately checked the stream banks and located the child 300 yards downstream, standing on a submerged island. He waded through the high, swift water and retrieved the child who could easily been washed away by the swift water.
Lt. Paul Gaudreau, Stedman's supervisor, commended him for his work ethic, his ability to conduct thorough investigations, providing training to other game wardens, and his dedication to the duties of a State Game Warden.
Warden Stedman's district includes the towns of Poultney, Ira, Middletown Springs, Wells, Tinmouth, Pawlet, Danby, Rupert, and Dorset.
Shikar-Safari Club International, a private wildlife conservation group, sponsors a warden of the year award in each state and Canadian province. Stedman received a colorful framed certificate honoring his selection as Vermont's State Game Warden of the Year, provided by Shikar-Safari Club International.
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Photo by John Hall
Vermont State Game Warden Justin Stedman of Pawlet is shown here receiving Vermont's Warden of the Year Award from Governor Peter Shumlin in Montpelier on May 4th.