Area wildlife officer earns honor

ODNR DivWildlife

COLUMBUS — State Wildlife Officer Joshua Shields, assigned to Union County, has been named Wildlife Officer of the Year by Wildlife Officer Lodge 143 of the Fraternal Order of Police of the State of Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Officer Shields received his nomination along with 11 other wildlife officers and investigators throughout Ohio.

He serves as a field training officer, a member of the Wildlife Officer Honor Guard, a fitness instructor, and the coordinator of the ODNR Officer Support Team.

Currently, he is working on a Line of Duty death policy to help his fellow officers in the event of a tragic incident. In addition to his commitment to the Division of Wildlife, Officer Shields served in Iraq in 2004 and currently serves in the Ohio Army National Guard.

He started his career with ODNR in 2002 as a seasonal, later to be hired on as a Wildlife Area Technician at Wolf Creek Wildlife Area in 2007. In 2009, he graduated from the wildlife officer training academy and was assigned to Meigs County, before transferring to Union County.

Officer Shields currently resides in Union County with his wife and two children.

More information about becoming a state wildlife officer or the ODNR Division of Wildlife can be found at wildohio.gov.