FWC honors its first elected chairperson, citizen hero
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.