One area conservation officer has been honored with a top district award.

Eric Doane, who is assigned to Martin County, has been named as the District 7 Officer of the Year. Doane is 1 of 10 district winners from across the state. Doane is now in the running for the James D. Pitzer Award, given to the top officer in the state. The award is named for a former conservation officer who was killed in the line of duty on New Year’s Day of 1961 while checking rabbit hunters in Jay County. Pitzer served as an Indiana Conservation Officer for 20 years.

Doane grew up in Dover Hill, a small town just outside of Shoals. He is a 1988 graduate of Shoals High School and studied Conservation Law at Vincennes University. He was first hired by the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division back in 1992 and was first assigned to Union County. After serving there for 5 and 1/2 years, he transferred back to Martin County in 1998.

Some of Doane’s current responsibilities include Use of Force instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Field Training Officer. This award marks the 3rd time that Doane has been honored as the Officer of the Year in District 7. He was previously honored in 2004 and 2007.