FWC honors excellence in conservation, lifesaving
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Media contact: (for Breault) Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130;
(for Wright) Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) presented a prestigious conservation award on
Thursday to Tim Breault, director of the FWC's Division of Habitat
and Species Conservation, and recognized one of its law-enforcement
officers for his heroic life-saving rescue.
Each year, the Wildlife Foundation of Florida
honors former Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission Chairwoman
Louise Ireland Humphrey of Tallahassee by recognizing an FWC
employee whose dedication and service have made a significant
contribution to protecting and conserving Florida's fish and
"We applaud one of the most dedicated wildlife
conservationists in Florida," said FWC Executive Director Nick
Wiley. "Tim has dedicated most of his career to the FWC."
Originally from Connecticut, Breault received his
B.S. degree in wildlife science from Cornell University. He began
his career in Florida in sea turtle research and later worked for
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a technician on Loxahatchee
National Wildlife Refuge. In 1975, he began working for the state
as a wildlife technician and moved up through the ranks at the FWC
until he was appointed director of its Division of Habitat and
Species Conservation in 2004.
"Tim has successfully managed one of the FWC's
largest divisions through his consistent dedication to involving
stakeholders and communities in the decisions that are made,
affecting not only our fish and wildlife, but our residents as
well," said Brett Boston, who presented the award. Boston is
executive director of the Wildlife Foundation of Florida. "Tim has
worked with diplomacy and tenacity, never settling for anything but
the very best for our resources and the public."
Breault manages a division that includes habitat
management of 1.4 million acres of publicly owned conservation
lands, for which the FWC is lead manager. He oversees aquatic
habitat restoration, imperiled species management, the
implementation of the state's wildlife action plan and exotic
animal and invasive species control. His experience spans the state
from the Everglades marshes to the Panhandle forests and from
coastal areas to sandhills.
"This award honors one of Florida's greatest
conservationists, Louise Ireland Humphrey, and today we honor
another great friend to wildlife," Boston said. "It is a great
privilege to present this award to Tim Breault for his dedicated
service to Florida."
Commissioners also recognized Lt. Anthony "Tony"
Wright, recipient of the FWC's "Lifesaving with Valor" award, at
the Feb. 24 meeting. He earned the award for rescuing a woman from
a burning car in Yulee in November.
The victim's vehicle had caught fire after striking
a power pole. As bystanders attempted to extinguish the flames,
Wright used a tire iron to smash out the side and rear windows and
then climbed on top of the car's trunk to pull the victim through
the rear window to safety.
"We are extremely proud of Lt. Wright's heroic
actions," said Col. Jim Brown, director of the FWC's Division of
Law Enforcement. "Our officers are trained to respond to a variety
of situations, but this is something that is difficult to
anticipate. It truly required quick reflexes, smart decisions and