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Officer recognized for protecting Florida’s waterways

News Release

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County Inc. recognized Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Lt. Atwell B. Pride Jr. as the Beacon of Light Marine Advocate of the Year. The marine association recognized Pride for his years of exemplary law enforcement service monitoring Florida’s waters and keeping boaters safe.

“Lt. Pride has been providing outstanding service ever since he started his law enforcement career many years ago,” said FWC Maj. Jeff Hubert. “His dedication to protecting the public and Florida’s natural resources is inspiring. He is a great role model for new officers and for anyone interested in keeping Florida a great place to enjoy boating.”

Throughout Pride’s career, he always strived to take advantage of training and leadership opportunities. He has received many training certifications and participated in many teams and projects, including becoming a Field Training Officer; completing courses in wildlife management and protection; training in leadership skills and crisis management; and participating in joint-agency task forces to protect Florida’s waterways.

Pride was born and raised in Palm Beach County and graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in biology and psychology. He started his career with the FWC, formerly the Florida Marine Patrol, as an officer in April 1983. Pride was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in May 2004, becoming the South Region staff lieutenant.

In his civilian life, Pride is an active member of the community, volunteering to help those in need.

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County Inc. is a nonprofit organization created to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in Palm Beach County for the benefit and education of its members, the community and the environment. The Beacon of Light Award recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for their unfailing support of the county’s marine industry.

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