Wildlife Conservation Officer Receives Two Awards For Act Of Bravery
HARRISBURG, PA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Clint Deniker recently was presented with two awards for saving the life of a driver trapped during a car crash on April 4, 2008.
When Deniker came upon an overturned and burning vehicle, he took a great personal risk when he acted quickly and decisively to cut the seat belt and carry the driver 50 yards to safety. Deniker administered first aid and helped the victim maintain consciousness until emergency medical personnel arrived.
Deniker was presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence during a ceremony at the Governor’s Residence, and he received the Carnegie Hero’s Fund Medal during a presentation at the Game Commission Northwest Region Office.
The Governor’s Awards for Excellence are presented to recognize exemplary commonwealth employees or groups of employees for accomplishments that reflect initiative, leadership, and a strong commitment to service. Each accomplishment must be one that exceeds what would be expected of such an employee or group.
In 1904, Andrew Carnegie, steel baron and philanthropist, started the hero fund after he learned of rescue efforts from a mine disaster, in which more than 180 people died.
On June 23, 2008, WCO Deniker and his wife, Kim, were both presented “Life Saving Award” from the Game Commission for their actions.
“As a Pennsylvania Game Commission employee, I am always cognizant of the rich tradition of service, dedication and honor that Game Commission employees work to uphold,” Deniker said. “I am honored to receive these awards. I simply try to do my job to the best of my ability.”
Deniker began his career with the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 2001, when he was selected to attend the 26th Class at the Ross Leffler School of Conservation. Upon graduation in 2002, he was assigned as a Wildlife Conservation Officer to District in Cameron County in the Northcentral Region.
In 2004, he requested and was approved for transfer to a District in Venango County in the Northwest Region, where he continues to serve today.
WCO Deniker is responsible for supervising, training, and recruitment of Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officers and Hunter-Trapper Education Instructors within his assigned district. He currently supervises five Deputy WCOs and 12 Hunter-Trapper Education Instructors who help him with his many duties. WCO Deniker is active in all agency programs with a particular emphasis on law enforcement and training.
In addition to his many law enforcement duties, WCO Deniker enjoys public relations work and participates in many programs and events throughout the year. Always seeking to generate support for agency programs, WCO Deniker maintains a good rapport with local sportsmen and sportsmen’s clubs.
Deniker earned a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University in Environmental Science.
WCO Deniker serves as a Defensive Tactics and ATV Safety instructor for the agency where he trains fellow employees.
A native of Mercer County, Clint and Kim reside in the Grove City area.
For more than 100 years, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has managed the Commonwealth’s wildlife resources for all Pennsylvanians. With the help of more than 700 full-time employees and thousands of part-timers and volunteers, the agency provides a host of benefits to wildlife, state residents and visitors.