ODNR sends officers to New Mexico flooding.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) deployed six Natural Resources Officers to New Mexico to assist with search and rescue efforts in response to severe flood events in that state.
“We feel for the people of New Mexico and want to send our best resources to keep everyone there safe,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “Our Natural Resources Officers will be an invaluable part of rescue efforts, putting their training to good use to help save lives.”
The team was deployed on Friday. Captain Michael Sterwerf, Sergeant Eric McCune, Officer Richard McCullough, Officer Paul Lallier, Investigator Troy Newman, and Officer Kevin Peters, are highly trained in swift water rescues and will be serving in Mora County where recent forest fires have accelerated flooding risk.
“I am proud of these officers,” ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft Chief Glen Cobb said. “They embody the core values of duty, safety, service, adaptability, and professionalism as they selflessly travel across the country to aid in this effort.”
ODNR’s Natural Resources Officers are commissioned peace officers who protect and promote Ohio’s natural resources. They provide law enforcement services to visitors at Ohio’s premier state parks, state forests, waterways, and state natural areas. Additionally, they educate the public on boating and safety and natural resources conservation. Finally, officers assist in emergency response during floods, natural disaster, search and rescue, and recovery situations.
This is the first out-of-state-deployment of Natural Resources Officers since 2008.
The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
Photo cutline: Ohio Natural Resources Officers prepare for deployment to New Mexico for flood assistance. (left to right) Investigator Troy Newman, Captain Michael Sterwerf, Officer Kevin Peters, Officer Paul Lallier, Sergeant Eric McCune, Officer Richard McCullough.