GREEN RIVER - In recognition of 40 years of conserving wildlife and serving people, Green River Game Warden Duane Kerr received an award from the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. The Commission honored Kerr with the award at its Nov. 14 meeting in Rock Springs.
Kerr was born and raised on a farm near Morrison, Ill. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management. In 1973, Kerr began working for the Game and Fish as a temporary fisheries technician. He served on a statewide check station crew before becoming a damage control warden for the Green River Region in 1977. In 1996, Kerr was promoted to game warden where he has served in his current position for the past 16 years.
“Duane is an excellent example of what a Wyoming game warden should be,” said Green River Wildlife Supervisor Steve DeCecco. “He is extremely dedicated to Wyoming’s wildlife resource. He has a very strong work ethic and frequently works extra and odd work hours to get the job done. Duane is the kind of person who leads by example. When Duane sees something that needs to be done he steps in and does it without being asked. He is a team player and does not seek recognition or praise for his accomplishments.”
DeCecco said Duane is a respected mentor to younger employees and an adviser to veteran wardens and his supervisor. “He is a regional and Department historian; he readily shares his knowledge and expertise with those interested in southwest Wyoming wildlife issues,” Dececco said. “He is a committed Wyoming Hunter Education Instructor and wildlife conservation educator. To the public, Duane Kerr is ‘the Game and Fish’. He is the person most asked for when the public has a question or someone needs to talk to a ‘Red Shirt’.”
In 1999, Kerr received the Green River Region Peer Recognition Award in 1999. Citing his years of dedicated service to the wildlife resource, the Wyoming Game Warden's Association named Kerr as its 2009 Officer of the Year.
Duane and his wife Pam have been married for 40 years. They have two grown sons, Matt and Aaron, and they have two grandchildren. Aaron Kerr is also a game warden in Casper and Matt Kerr is a police officer in Colorado.
(Contact: Lucy Diggins (307) 875-3223)