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FWC honors its first elected chairperson, citizen hero

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Media contact: Gabriella Ferraro, 772-215-9459

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) opened the second day of its meeting in Weston Thursday by recognizing the honorable service of Julie K. Morris, who was the first formally elected FWC chairperson. They also commended a Florida resident for his heroic actions.

Morris served on the Commission from 1993-2002. Mark Robson, director of the FWC's Division of Marine Fisheries, recognized Morris' contributions as a former member of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Robson said Morris' expertise helped Florida maintain a leadership role on the Council and in doing so, her service helped protect and enhance marine resources vital to the fishing, boating, diving and outdoor tourism industries in the Gulf.

Additionally, the Commission paid tribute to a citizen hero. Col. Jim Brown, director of the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement, presented a Division of Law Enforcement Service Commendation to Richard O'Neill of Fort Lauderdale. O'Neill earned this honor when he rescued three victims from a violent boating accident near the Hillsboro Inlet off Pompano Beach on June 7.

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