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NO. R-200. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring chief game warden Major Roger A. Whitcomb on his retirement.

(J.R.H. 143)

Offered by: Representatives Helm of Castleton, Sheltra of Derby, Adams of Hartland, Driscoll of Burlington, Howrigan of Fairfield, Larson of Burlington, Scribner of Bristol and Tracy of Burlington.

Whereas, enforcement of the state’s fish and game laws is an extremely serious responsibility, requiring both legal expertise and often round-the-clock dedication, and

Whereas, the outstanding enforcement effort that the department of fish and wildlife has maintained is largely attributable to Major Roger A. Whitcomb of Burke, who has served as Vermont’s Chief Game Warden for the last 21 years, and

Whereas, Roger A. Whitcomb’s principles or ethics were never reduced regardless of whom was involved, and

Whereas, Roger Whitcomb is proud of his exemplary U.S. Army service in Vietnam, for which he was awarded many commendations, including the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, three Bronze Stars, two Air Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and

Whereas, after his honorable military discharge in 1969 as a First Lieutenant, he signed on as a Vermont fish and game warden in the Lyndonville district, and

Whereas, Roger Whitcomb’s integrity, diligence, hard work, and mastery of the state’s fish and game laws and regulations quickly earned him the respect of his colleagues and the area’s hunting and fishing enthusiasts, and

Whereas, Roger Whitcomb’s dedication to the job became legendary as exemplified by his willingness to conduct 24-hour stakeouts to capture statutory violators, and

Whereas, in 1980, Roger Whitcomb was promoted to Chief Game Warden, and

Whereas, his outstanding performance in this post has earned him much deserved acclaim, and

Whereas, after over three decades of effectively enforcing Vermont’s fish and game laws and regulations, Roger Whitcomb will retire, effective June 1, 2001, in order that he, too, can spend more time enjoying the state’s recreational abundance that he has been so involved in protecting, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Major Roger A. Whitcomb, Vermont’s Chief Game Warden, for his 31 years of incomparable public service on behalf of the citizens and wildlife of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly urges the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue a free lifetime combine fishing and hunting license to Major Roger A. Whitcomb in gratitude for his outstanding public service, and be it

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Major Roger A. Whitcomb.