(UNDATED) – Indiana Conservation Officer Ethan Stonebraker, who serves Fountain County, has been selected as the 2019 District 3 Conservation Officer of the Year.
Stonebraker was raised in Parke County. He has served as a conservation officer for five years.
In addition to his patrol duties, Stonebraker serves as a certified breath test operator, physical tactics instructor, public safety scuba diver, and taser instructor.
District 3 covers Benton, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.
The district award puts Stonebraker in the running for the Pitzer Award, which is given to the top overall Conservation Officer in the state of Indiana and selected from the 10 district award winners.
The Pitzer award is named after Conservation Officer James D. Pitzer, who was fatally shot while investigating illegal hunting activity Jan. 2, 1961 in Jay County.