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Col. Martin Garabedian: (603) 271-3128
Sgt. Samuel Sprague: (603) 271-3361
December 10, 2008

Samuel Sprague Sworn in as District Four Sergeant for N.H. Fish and Game

CONCORD, N.H. -- Samuel Sprague has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant in Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division. He will serve as the District Four Sergeant, responsible for patrolling the towns of Charleston, Langdon, Acworth, Marlow, Alstead, Walpole, Westmoreland, Gilsum, Surry, Sullivan and Roxbury in southwestern New Hampshire.

Sgt. Sprague, a 14-year veteran of Fish and Game with a total of 21 years as a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire, was recently honored as the 2007 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Conservation Officer of the Year. He has taken on many additional duties throughout his tenure with Fish and Game, including his role as Assistant Team Leader for Fish and Game's Specialized Search and Rescue Team and Assistant Chief Firearms Instructor for the Law Enforcement Division.

Among his other accomplishments, Sgt. Sprague has been extensively involved in training other division members and police officers throughout the state and developing specialized training curricula. He is a Field Training Officer, a Preliminary Breath Test Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Fish and Game Sig-Arms Armorer, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Handcuffing Instructor. He also works with the staff of various state agencies as a member of the Moose Highway Safety Board.

Sprague's fair and professional approach has earned him the respect of the public and the volunteer organizations that routinely assist Fish and Game with search and rescue operations during numerous dangerous rescue missions saving countless lives. He played a leadership role in developing the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, based in Franconia, which has volunteered expert services on many missions in hazardous conditions.

"The Law Enforcement Division is fortunate to have an officer with Sam's abilities and expertise to assist us in promoting Fish and Game initiatives," said Col. Martin Garabedian, Chief of Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division.

Sprague presently resides in Whitefield with his wife Darlene and sons Mitchell and Harrison.

New Hampshire Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division is responsible for the enforcement of all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources. Conservation Officers prosecute all of their own cases involving offenders of wildlife law. They also handle search and rescue operations and enforce off-highway recreational vehicle regulations.

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