DNR recognizes Tri-State conservation officer for longest active tenure

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(WEHT) – The DNR Division of Law Enforcement is honoring a Tri-State native with the longest tenure of any active Indiana Conservation Officer.

Sgt. Paul Axton has worked 40 years with the DNR Division of Law Enforcement.

He was appointed after a month-long recruit school in 1979.

Before that, he worked for the DNR part-time at Harmonie State Park in Posey County.

He served in Daviess and Gibson counties before moving to Posey County in 1983, where he still serves.

Axton was promoted to corporal in 2011 and to sergeant in 2014.

He served as a public safety diver for 20 years and is in his 17th year as a river rescue instructor.

He also has served as a boat accident investigator and sonar operator.

He’s a 1976 graduate of North Posey High School and he graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in Conservation Law.

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(This story was originally published on July 30, 2019)

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