Hudson DNR warden honored by agencyLifesaver, enforcer, educator and investigator – that’s Paul Sickman, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources supervisors.
Lifesaver, enforcer, educator and investigator – that’s Paul Sickman, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources supervisors.
Sickman, a DNR conservation based in St. Croix County since 2005, has been named the DNR West Central Region’s 2010 Law Enforcement Outstanding Overall Program Award winner.
"Paul makes good use of his time, diligently following up on complaints and investigations, and works to be involved in the community," said Regional Warden Supervisor Mark Burmesch. "Paul does a great job in assisting his local law enforcement agencies and, in return, receives great cooperation and assistance from them."
A conservation warden since 2002, Sickman was first stationed in Kenosha and transferred to Baldwin in 2005 and to Hudson in 2009.
"Paul's work is a great example of a well rounded program that balances enforcement, education and community involvement," said Chief Warden Randy Stark. He said Sickman’s dedication to ensuring safe recreational boating opportunities for all included finding a missing child on an island in the St. Croix River.
In another 2010 case, Sickman retrieved two swimmers as they attempted to swim to shore from an island late at night. Both were intoxicated and under the legal age for drinking alcoholic beverages. One of the two swimmers was extremely tired.
"Paul was able to pull her aboard his patrol boat, possibly saving her life," Burmesch said.
Sickman also was able to stop the operator of a speeding driver near Willow River State Park only to learn the driver was intoxicated and had six previous offenses for operating while intoxicated.
He made 135 arrests in 2010 in all areas of enforcement including fish, game and recreational vehicle cases; illegal baiting and hunting with a revoked license; and illegal hazardous waste handling. He also helped wardens in Montana with a mountain lion investigation involving several Wisconsin residents.
Sickman organized events for area youth, including a pheasant hunt, fishing on private ponds and archery and trap shooting. He also organized the first Learn to Hunt Canada Goose event in St. Croix County.
Active in public education, Sickman is a frequent presenter in the schools, Rotary Clubs and writes a monthly informative column in the local newspapers called "Warden Paul’s Corner."