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2013 James D. Pitzer Award winner

Danny East, the director of the Law Enforcement Division of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Cameron Clark, director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, have announced that Officer Lance LaBonte is the recipient of the Law Enforcement Division’s Pitzer Award for 2012. The award was presented to Officer LaBonte in a recent ceremony at the Indiana Government Center.

The Law Enforcement Division consists of ten districts statewide along with the Investigation Section. Every year, each district and section selects a district “Officer of the Year” by vote of their fellow officers. Each officer chosen is then eligible for the state “Officer of the Year” to be selected by the director of the Law Enforcement Division and the director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The officer chosen will then receive the “Pitzer Award”. This award was named after Indiana Conservation Officer James D. Pitzer who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Officer LaBonte was exemplary in performing his duties as an Indiana Conservation Officer during 2013. Lance is a model officer and well deserving of this honor. James Pitzer's family members were present at the awards program, which brought an extra special spirit to this award presentation.

Congratulations Lance, we are all very proud of you and your outstanding accomplishments.

Past James D. Pitzer Award Winners

Dale Clark
2012
Dale Clark
Erick Bolt
2011
Erick Bolt
2010
Pete Slaven
Gordon Wood
2009
Gordon Wood
Dave Dungan
2008
Dave Dungan
Eric Doane
2007
Eric Doane
John Karris
2006
John Karris
Phil Schuetter
2005
Phil Schuetter
Andy Runyon
2004
Andy Runyon
Roger Bateman
2003
Roger Bateman (retired)