Wildlife conservation officer Brian Singer up for national award
Wildlife Conservation Officer Brian Singer of the Pennsylvania Game Commission stands for a portrait in the Southwest Regional office in Bolivar on Thursday, January 23, 2014.
Photo by Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review
Brian Singer likes — make that loves — working as a wildlife conservation officer in eastern Westmoreland County for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
If you doubt that, just ask him.
“I don't plan on leaving. They'll have to drag me out of here,” Singer said. “I call it the crown jewel district, one of the best in the state.”
He's going on the road temporarily, though.
Singer recently was chosen as Pennsylvania's wildlife law enforcement officer of the year by the National Wild Turkey Federation. He is heading to Nashville, Tenn., this week for the group's annual convention, which begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.
There, he'll be in the running to become the federation's top officer for the nation for 2014.
If he wins — and no Keystone State officer has — it will be well deserved, said Tom Fazi, information and education supervisor in the commission's southwest region office, and the man who patrolled eastern Westmoreland County before Singer.
“For a relatively young officer, with only a few years in the field, he has a skill set that's very highly developed,” Fazi said. “He does a very good job at law enforcement, and he's a terrific investigator. He's great at putting cases together.”
Singer wasn't even aware he had been nominated as Pennsylvania's officer of the year until he won.
“It's nice from the point of view of having your supervisors recognize your work,” Singer said. “It's good to know they're paying attention and care. It keeps your motivation high.”
Singer is a native of the Scranton area. He went Kutztown University before enrolling in the commission's training school. He was assigned to his district upon graduation and has been there for almost four years.
It's no surprise he already is earning accolades, Fazi said.
“He's an excellent officer,” Fazi said.
Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.
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