Ranger First Class Chad Hulsey with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, assigned to Turner County, Region V-Albany, is the recipient of the 2014 Torch Award.
Hulsey is a North Hall County native and a 2004 North Hall High School graduate. He graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton in 2007 and was hired with the Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division Region V. He is married to Brooke Hulsey and they live in Turner County. His parents, Chris and Angie Hulsey, live in Lula.
Hulsey is the first recipient of the award, which will be presented annually within the Law Enforcement Division to encourage the professional development of recently appointed rangers who are active members of North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers of America. The criteria for nomination consist of the following: must not have worked as a wildlife enforcement officer more than five years, must have demonstrated a genuine desire to protect the resources and develop professionally and must demonstrate exceptional ability and initiative in the performance of his or her duties, including public education.
Hulsey has been employed with the LED since November 2011. He graduated from the 28th Basic Ranger Academy where he received the Top Gun Award for excellent proficiency with a firearm and was the co-recipient of the Wildlife Award for excellence in wildlife knowledge and identification. Hulsey’s work section consists of eight southwest Georgia counties which includes Lake Blackshear, the Flint River and Georgia Veterans State Park. He has proven his dedication to the LED mission of conservation law enforcement by displaying a superior work ethic.
Due to Hulsey’s attention to detail and investigative skills, he was selected as a member of LED’s Critical Incident Reconstruction Team. Since joining, he has conducted five CIRT investigations and two non-CIRT investigations.
As part of his training required for CIRT, Hulsey attended the Hunting Investigation Academy in Wisconsin, GPS Forensics in Nashville, Tenn., Criminal Investigation Fundamentals Class in Forsyth and Advanced Report Writing. Hulsey is one of only two rangers within LED certified to conduct forensics on GPS devices.
One of the major areas of a ranger’s job responsibilities is to inform and educate the general public, who are stakeholders of the vast and varied natural resources Georgia has to offer and identify and promote the LED efforts toward protecting these resources. Hulsey actively pursues opportunities to fulfill this responsibility and inform and educate the public of all ages of the job rangers do. He taught hunter education and ranger duties at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College as part of Wildlife Week. He conducted programs for Turner County High School, Turner County Middle School and Worth County Primary School.
Hulsey also participates annually in the Special Youth Challenge, a program which is geared toward introducing children with handicaps to hunting, fishing and the outdoors. As part of this program, Hulsey volunteers his personal time to take two handicapped children turkey hunting on his hunting club each year.