The Maine Warden Service celebrated its 137th anniversary Friday with a ceremony at the Winslow VFW that honored several wardens for their work last year.
“The work of Maine’s game wardens is diverse and challenging and takes place during the best and worst of weather conditions,” the warden service said in a statement.
Kris MacCabe of Wilton was the 2016 Maine Game Warden of the Year. MacCabe, who has been a game warden since 2008, was honored for his performance in the pursuit of fish and game violators, time management, public relations, community involvement and completion of K-9 team duties.
MacCabe also was a central figure in the “North Woods Law” TV show that was the subject of a Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram investigation into a sting operation in Allagash. The story detailed allegations of misconduct in undercover operations by the warden service.
Sgt. Alan Gillis of Orrington was the 2016 Supervisor of the Year. Gillis has worked for the warden service for more than 23 years, including nearly seven years as a supervisor.
Other wardens who were honored included Don Annis of Monson (Legendary Game Warden Award), Michelle Merrifield and K-9 Piper of Union (K-9 Search and Rescue of the Year Award) and Paul Farrington and K-9 Koda of Springfield (Conservation Case of the Year Award).