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Central Ohio DNR Officer Recognized for Life-Saving Actions
Ohio Ag Connection - 12/09/2022

Recognized for their quick thinking and fast action, 12 Natural Resources Officers (NRO) were recently honored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for their life-saving efforts over the past year. ODNR's officers are often the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency at Ohio's state parks, forests, nature preserves, and waterways.

"Our Natural Resources Officers are dedicated to keeping all Ohioans safe," said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. "I am grateful to these courageous men and women for their life-saving actions and their ongoing efforts to not only protect visitors, but to improve their experience each and every day."

ODNR officers also routinely serve communities as first responders, especially in Ohio's rural counties. Two Central Ohio officers were recognized for their lifesaving efforts in 2022.

Natural Resources Officer Heather Byers responded to a report of a choking victim at Deer Creek State Park. Officer Byers found a man unconscious, removed him from his vehicle, and began performing the Heimlich maneuver. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene; after the man began breathing, he was transported to the hospital.

Natural Resources Officer Adam Martin who is stationed at Alum Creek State Park was called to investigate an unresponsive person at one of the park's boat ramps. Upon arrival, Officer Martin noticed a good Samaritan performing CPR on a woman. He moved the woman to stable ground and continued CPR. She was revived after three cycles, transported to the hospital, and released later that day. Natural Resources officers are commissioned peace officers who protect Ohio's natural resources. These highly trained law enforcement personnel patrol Ohio's state parks, forests, nature preserves, and waterways to keep them safe for the enjoyment of all visitors.

ODNR is currently recruiting for the next class of Natural Resources officers.

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