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Gene Maready honored as Marine Patrol Officer of the Year

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 10:00am

Marine Patrol Officer Gene Maready was honored with a plaque in the shape of North Carolina and a certificate naming him Marine Fisheries Enforcement Officer of the Year at the Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet Saturday.

The Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards, presented by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, honor individuals, associations, businesses and others who have exhibited unwavering commitment to conservation in the state.

Maready is a 10-year member of the Marine Patrol who patrols the Alligator River and Albemarle Sound area. He is known for solving cases involving the illegal use and/or abandonment of commercial fishing gear, violations of size and creel limits, recreational and commercial license violations, the illegal sale of seafood and larceny of gear. He also serves as a field training officer for new hires and he participates in the Marine Patrol Education Team.

Marine Patrol Officer Gene Maready and his wife, Christy, son, Gabriel and daughter, Zoe, pose for a photo. Maready received the  2016 Marine Fisheries Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Program Saturday.

In a particularly notable case earlier this year, Maready saved a fisherman from possible hypothermia. After receiving a call about a commercial fisherman who was overdue on a cold winter day, Maready went to the area where he thought this fisherman would most likely have been fishing. He found the fisherman’s sunken boat, and then shortly afterward, found the fisherman in a nearby marsh. Maready took the wet and cold fisherman to dry land to meet his family. It was late in the afternoon when the fisherman was found and temperatures were expected to be near freezing that night.

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