Robert Sterling of Fair Haven is Vermont's State Game Warden of the Year. A State Game Warden for 18 years, Sterling was given the award by Governor Peter Shumlin in recognition of his excellent service on May 22 in Montpelier.
"I want to thank Robert for his outstanding performance in protecting Vermont's fish and wildlife resources and serving the people of Vermont," said Gov. Shumlin. He said Warden Sterling was chosen for “his professionalism, his strong work ethic, his dedicated training of new wardens, helpful outreach with the public, and his tracking and evidence work with his dog, “Rufus.”
Lt. George Scribner, Sterling’s supervisor, also commended him for his ability to conduct thorough investigations in hunting and fishing violations and the leadership he has provided in coordinating Fish & Wildlife’s K-9 training program. “He is a true team player, and is always willing to drop everything to assist another warden or another agency,” said Scribner.
“Our warden force provides a broad range of services that go far beyond protecting fish and wildlife,” said Colonel David LeCours. “In Warden Sterling’s case, his peers chose him for this award because he exemplifies an exceptionally high standard that others strive to reach.”
Warden Sterling’s district includes the towns of Fair Haven, West Haven, Castleton, Benson, Sudbury, and Orwell.
Shikar-Safari Club International, a private wildlife conservation group, sponsors a warden of the year award in each state and Canadian province to help promote and encourage the enforcement of wildlife conservation laws. Sterling received a colorful framed certificate honoring his selection as Vermont’s State Game Warden of the Year, provided by Shikar-Safari Club International.
Media Contact: Col. David LeCours, 802-828-1529