Indiana Conservation Officer Matthew Porter, who serves the Vanderburgh County area, has been selected as the 2020 District 7 Indiana Conservation Officer of the Year. He has served as a conservation officer for four years.
Porter is a Boonville High School and Vincennes University graduate. His primary county of assignment is Vanderburgh County. In addition to patrol and education responsibilities, Porter also serves as a public safety diver.
District 7 includes the counties of Vanderburgh, Posey, Warrick, Spencer, Gibson, Pike, Dubois, Knox, Daviess, and Martin.
The district award puts Porter in the running for the Pitzer Award, which is given to the top overall conservation officer in Indiana and selected from the 10 district award winners.
The Pitzer award is named after Indiana Conservation Officer James D. Pitzer, who was fatally shot while investigating illegal hunting activity on Jan. 2, 1961 in Jay County.