COLUMBUS — State Wildlife Officer Joshua Shields, assigned to Union County, has been named Wildlife Officer of the Year by Wildlife Officer Lodge 143 of the Fraternal Order of Police of the State of Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Officer Shields received his nomination along with 11 other wildlife officers and investigators throughout Ohio. His dedication to the wildlife resource and his fellow officers does not go unnoticed. Shields serves as a field training officer, a member of the Wildlife Officer Honor Guard, a fitness instructor, and the coordinator of the ODNR Officer Support Team. Currently, he is working on a Line of Duty death policy to help his fellow officers in the event of a tragic incident. In addition to his commitment to the Division of Wildlife, Shields served our county in Iraq in 2004 and currently serves in the Ohio Army National Guard.
Officer Shields started his career with ODNR in 2002 as a seasonal, later to be hired on as a Wildlife Area Technician at Wolf Creek Wildlife Area in 2007. In 2009, he graduated from the wildlife officer training academy and was assigned to Meigs County, before transferring to Union County.
Officer Shields currently resides in Union County with his wife and two children.
Officer Shields is a prime example of the passion and professionalism wildlife officers bring to the field every day. Wildlife Officer Lodge 143 could not be prouder of his accomplishments and dedication.
More information about becoming a state wildlife officer or the ODNR Division of Wildlife can be found at wildohio.gov.
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.