Pennsylvania Game Conservation Officer Remensnyder Honored With Annual Award
HARRISBURG, PA – -(AmmoLand.com)-Dirk Remensnyder, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer for Union County, recently was selected as the recipient of the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association’s Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Award.
Remensnyder began his career with the Game Commission, in 1995, when he was selected as a cadet for the 23rd Class of the agency’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation (RLSC). Upon graduation in 1996, he was assigned to serve as the Wildlife Conservation Officer in the southern Monroe County district. In 2003, he transferred to his present district in Union County.
A respected officer among his fellow Game Commission employees and various sportsmen’s clubs, Remensnyder serves as the Northcentral Region First Aid/CPR Instructor. This past fall, Remensnyder coordinated the efforts of eight local and state agencies from five counties in a nighttime tactical patrol, dubbed “Operation Nighthawk,” to deter unethical and unlawful activities, including poaching and illegal use of motorized vehicles, as well as driving under the influence.
The operation involved the tactical deployment of one State Police helicopter and 24 mobile ground units consisting of 45 officers from three State Police barracks, two State Forest Districts, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Union County Sheriff’s Department and eight Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer districts. Extensive preplanning identified stationary locations that resulted in efficient utilization of the aviation unit when suspected violations were spotted. Pilots and officers on the ground were continually able to identify locations and assist one another in a swift, efficient manner.
Prior to joining the agency, Remensnyder served as a Deputy Waterways Conservation Officer for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Remensnyder attended Lock Haven University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology. He is a captain in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and has served a tour of duty in Iraq.