Morgan County Conservation Enforcement Officer Chris Champion recently received the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association Life Saving Award. The award was presented by Bill Brace, a regional director with NAWEOA.
Moments later, Hill returned outside and charged Deputy McCoy, shooting him in the upper arm from approximately 8 feet away. Hill again pointed the gun at Deputy McCoy at near point-blank range, at which time Officer Champion demanded that Hill drop his weapon. Hill refused the order and Champion fired one shot, striking McCoy in the abdomen. Hill died later that night in after surgery at a
In saving Deputy McCoy’s life, Officer Champion was selected by NAWEOA to receive their Life Saving Award. NAWEOA is a 9,000-member organization of wildlife and fisheries enforcement officers from across
Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director Corky Pugh said, “Chris Champion epitomizes our highly professional, dedicated law enforcement officers. Our officers are well trained and equipped, and function as an integral part of the overall law enforcement community.”
Conservation Enforcement Officers are state peace officers with full police powers statewide. Chief Enforcement Officer Allan Andress said, “Since the vast majority of people that our officers deal with on a day to day basis are peaceable, law abiding citizens, it is easy to become complacent about officer safety. It is events such as this that remind us of just how dangerous a Conservation Officer’s job really is.”
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of