Two Waldo County were honored March 30 as part of Maine Warden Service's annual awards banquet and celebration of its 138th anniversary at the Winslow VFW Hall.

Game Warden Andrew Smart of Unity was recognized for a May 2017 fishing investigation in Unity that ultimately convicted an intentional violator of Maine's laws regarding native brook trout. The complaint generated from Maine Operation Game Thief.

Civilian Scott Brown of Morrill was posthumously awarded the 2017 MWSA Merit Award, along with his family, for their "dedicated and loyal partnership with the Maine Warden Service and the promotion of our mission in conservation law enforcement."

The MWSA Merit Award recognizes civilians for highly meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service.

According to the tribute to Brown, "Scott lost an extremely courageous battle with cancer earlier this winter. His loss has been extremely difficult for his family, friends, and the community in which he lived and worked. The outpouring of support from the community during this tough time is a testament to the type of person that Scott was and the respect that he earned during his lifetime."

Among the other honorees, Game Warden Eric Blanchard of Wells was named 2017 Game Warden of the Year.