Fadden, Kelley graduate as conservation officers

PULASKI – Thirty one environmental conservation officers and nine forest rangers graduated from the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s 21st Basic School for Uniformed Officers on Aug. 25 in a formal ceremony at the Kallet Theater.

Locals who were among the 40 graduates are as follows:

-ECO Jeremy M. Fadden, Lake Placid

-ECO Ryan W. Kelley, Paul Smiths

“These officers and Forest Rangers are the first line of protection for New York’s environment, and with the addition of this graduate class, our natural resources and wildlife will continue to be a top priority as we protect the health and safety of New Yorkers and visitors alike,” Cuomo said. “I congratulate this new class of officers who will serve this state by upholding New York’s rich tradition of environmental stewardship, and safeguarding our citizens and our natural resources for generations to come.”

The Basic School was held at the Office of Public Protection’s Training Academy in Pulaski, Oswego County, which runs along the Salmon River.

The Academy began Feb. 12 and ran for 28 weeks. Training and coursework include environmental conservation law, criminal procedure, vehicle and traffic laws, physical conditioning, firearms, wildlife identification, emergency vehicle operations, search and rescue, land navigation, boating, and wildfire suppression.

“New York’s environment and natural resources are better served and protected thanks to these dedicated men and women,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Our new ECO’s will safeguard the health of our air, land, water and wildlife. Our new Forest Rangers will protect more than five million acres of state lands from forest fires and execute search and rescue missions throughout the state. These graduates are a great addition to the proud history and dedicated ranks of Forest Rangers and ECOs across New York.”