Corporal is cited for dedication to conservation law enforcement SOUTHWEST--Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

NRP POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

September 10, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Cpl. Paul M. Hanyok, a Mount Airy resident and father of five children, has been named Maryland Natural Resources Police Officer of the Year for 1992-1993.

Corporal Hanyok, a six-year veteran of the Natural Resources Police, was selected because of "his professionalism, dedication and contributions to conservation law enforcement," according to NRP Superintendent Franklin I. Wood.

"Corporal Hanyok's expertise and dedication to Maryland's citizens and natural resources, as well as his uncompromising commitment to excellence, represent the highest standards of the Maryland Natural Resources Police," Colonel Wood said.

Corporal Hanyok was chosen from a roster of 250 Natural Resources Police officers.

"It means a lot," he said. "I'm very proud to accept it."

In selecting Corporal Hanyok, his superiors cited his "outstandingmanner, despite punishing work demands. He single-handedly carried out the duties of four employees." The agency's Howard County office was short on help because of a vacancy and two workers being on extended accident leave, officials said.

"This employee extended himself and accomplished the work required for all of these positions. He did this in a professional and efficient manner without a single complaint or request for assistance."

Corporal Hanyok, 38, was recently promoted from officer first PTC class in Howard County to corporal in Carroll County, where he is the highest-ranking field officer. His primary duties are enforcing conservation laws and boating, fishing, and hunting regulations.

In overseeing fishing regulations, for example, he frequently visits Piney Run, Liberty Reservoir, the Monocacy and Patapsco rivers, and farm ponds.

Corporal Hanyok has been active in the state's Operating While Intoxicated program, instructing other officers in OWI detection and procedures at the Natural Resources Police Training Academy in Matapeake, Queen Anne's County. The Natural Resources Police is the only Maryland law enforcement agency patrolling the state's waterways.

His other duties include investigating hunting and boating accidents, and search and rescue operations on water and land.

Natural Resources Police officers also conduct boating and hunting safety and education programs. Corporal Hanyok conducts hunter education and serves as a firearms instructor.

"Public safety is our most important responsibility," he said.

Before joining the Natural Resources Police, Corporal Hanyok worked as park ranger at Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County and as a watershed police officer for a suburban Washington sanitation company.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in conservation and natural resources development from the University of Maryland College Park.

The Beltsville native is married. His wife, Julie, is a beautician. The couple has three sons, 14, 11 and 8 years old, and twin girls, 6.

Away from work, Corporal Hanyok said he is "family oriented," and hunts, fishes and boats with the boys. All the children play soccer, he said.

He collects hunting and fishing licenses, some of which he displays in his home. Although the hobby is unusual, Corporal Hanyok said there are a couple of thousand collectors nationwide. Some licenses range in value from a few dollars to several thousand, he said.

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