(POSEY CO.) – Indiana Conservation Officers are proud to recognize Sgt. Paul Axton for 40 years of service with the DNR Division of Law Enforcement, the longest tenure of any active Indiana Conservation Officer.
Axton was appointed after a month-long recruit school in 1979. Prior to that, he worked for the DNR part-time at Harmonie State Park in Posey County.
He served in Davies and Gibson counties before moving to Posey County in 1983 where he still serves. Axton was promoted to corporal in 2011 and to sergeant in 2014.
Axton served as a public safety diver for 20 years and is in his 17th year as a river rescue instructor. He has also served DNR Law Enforcement as a boat accident investigator and sonar operator.
During his time as an officer, he has won the district officer of the year award, the hunter education officer of the year and the Mississippi Flyway Council officer of the year.
Axton is a 1976 graduate of North Posey High School and graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in Conservation Law.