Warden Service recognizes local warden, five civilians

May 06, 2017
Source: Simmons & Daughters Sugar House The four Simmons daughters, pictured in their sugar house in vapor from their evaporator in a 2014 photo. They and their mother Shelly recently received Merit Awards for service to the Maine Warden Service Academy.

As part of its 137th anniversary celebration, the Maine Warden Service honored game wardens for their performance, as well as individuals who assist the service in its mission. Among the wardens receiving awards this year was Game Warden Joshua Beal of Swanville. The service also recognized civilians Shelly Simmons of Morrill and her four daughters, Adrian, Ellie, Anna and Katie.

During the April 14 presentations at the VFW hall in Winslow, Beal received a 2016 Exemplary Service Award for apprehending a habitual trout fishing violator two years in a row. A certificate for Exemplary Service is presented when, in the opinion of the Awards Board, a warden has rendered relevant outstanding service that deserves special recognition.

Simmons and her daughters received 2016 Maine Warden Association Merit Awards, which recognize civilians for “highly meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service,” providing assistance with the goals and mission of the Maine Warden Service.

The 2017 Warden Service Advanced Academy nominated Shelly, Adrian, Ellie, Anna and Katie Simmons for the award “for their commitment to supporting the agency during Warden School,” writing:

“Shelly and the girls have assisted with the patrol techniques class at the Advanced Warden School for numerous years. During each class they have opened up their home for scenarios. During this time Shelly has prepared many meals for the class and the instructors, taking pride in allowing them to have a home-cooked meal while away from their homes. Each one of the girls has assisted many times with scenarios enthusiastically.”

As the wife of Sgt. Chris Simmons and daughter of retired Sgt. Dennis McIntosh, the nomination letter said, “Shelly … over the years has grown accustomed to warden life. As a family they enjoy the interaction and involvement with the warden school from year to year. Because of this they have developed relationships with each of the new game wardens and their families.

“This is important because it serves as a baseline for the new wardens coming into our agency and that we are a family who genuinely enjoys each other’s company,” the nomination stated. “They hosted a family night during each class where the new wardens invite their families to enjoy a meal after scenarios and visit with the group.

“Following in this tradition, they have been very active in the 2017 Warden School, opening their home up again to scenarios and preparing us many meals.”

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