Front row from left to right: Eric Little, Blaine Wagner, Chelsea King, William Holomon, Mason Spillman, Patrick Dempsey and William Carpenter. Back row from let to right: Andrew Arton, Torris White, Lloyd Pearson, Nathan Vanya, Lukas Breed, Clinton Branton, Gary Levron and Jerod Coats.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy graduated its 28th class of cadets into the ranks of LDWF Enforcement Division agents at a ceremony in Baton Rouge. Several of the new agents are from our area and will be working here. After six months of intensive physical and academic training at the academy, 15 newly commissioned agents are ready to begin enforcing hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state’s natural resources. LDWF Secretary Robert Barham was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. “You have a tremendous responsibility to protect Louisiana’s rich natural resources and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water. Congratulations on your achievement which we celebrate today,” Barham noted.
The 15 new agents are: Andrew Arton, 26, of Breaux Bridge, assigned to Iberia Parish; Clinton Branton, 23, of Farmerville, assigned to Madison Parish; Lukas Breed, 24, of Farmerville, assigned to Lincoln Parish; William Carpenter, 41, of Jackson, Miss., assigned to St. Mary Parish; Jerod Coats, 22, of Albany, assigned to Ascension Parish; Patrick Dempsey, 25, of Lacombe, assigned to St. Charles Parish; William Holomon, 23, of Minden, assigned to Natchitoches Parish; Chelsea Kling, 30, of Hilo, Hawaii, assigned to St. John Parish; and Gary Levron, 30, of Garyville, assigned to St. John Parish.
Also, Eric Little, 30, of Jonesville, assigned to LaSalle Parish; Lloyd Pearson, 21, of Holden, assigned to West Feliciana Parish; Mason Spillman, 21, of St. Francisville, assigned to Jefferson Parish; Nathan Vanya, 25, of Longview, Texas, assigned to Vermillion Parish; Blaine Wagner, 24, of Destrehan, assigned to St. Bernard Parish; Torris White, 40, of Ruston, assigned to Jackson Parish.
At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state’s recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state’s many wildlife management areas. The academy also covers general law enforcement training equal to that of other state law enforcement officers. The graduating agents fill vacancies in LDWF’s Enforcement Division and will be assigned to a field-training officer for their first six months of duty. Now part of the agency’s commissioned officer staff, the agents will join the ranks of those patrolling land and water to primarily detect game, fish and boating law violations.
Brett Preuett Update
Here’s today’s lakedarbonnelife.com report from the BASSMasters Classic. The actual competition begins Friday.
Wednesday was the final practice day. Fishermen were pretty tight lipped about what they were fishing with and where they were fishing. I fished shallow and covered a lot of ground. The weather is a topic for most everybody at the Classic, but the anglers are just concentrating on dealing with it and concentrating on catching fish. Thursday is Media Day for the 56 contestants. A last chance to grab some rest, finalize strategy and answer questions from the media, which number more than 200 strong this year.
Wednesday night was awesome — Night of Champions Awards dinner. No vienna sausage and crackers at the Classic. The menu: Spinach and goat cheese salad with strawberries, toasted pecans and balsamic vinaigrette, followed by a duo of bistro filet mignon and salmon with truffle mashed potatoes and parmesan spiked asparagus. For desert, min red velvet, mini bourbon pecan pie and peach shortcake with vanilla ice cream and orange caramel sauce.s
If you want to learn more about Brett, check out this great article from my old buddy Bob Tompkins, the official “story teller” for the Alexandria Town Talk: