AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Warden Service announced Friday that they have hired a new game warden pilot.
Jeffrey Beach, 42, of Fairfield, accepted the position this week, according to Col. Joel Wilkinson. Beach is married and has two children.
“We are excited to have Jeff with us and feel he will complement our aviation division with extensive experience and expertise,” Wilkinson said. “He brings a positive attitude and a passion for his new career.”
Beach served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years as an aircrew member, a loadmaster to be specific, on C-5 aircraft, according to Wilkinson. He also served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 1990 to August 1991 and was awarded the Air Medal for his aerial flight during that conflict. Beach brings with him extensive flying experience, the colonel said.
Beach attended the University of Connecticut, where he majored in natural resource economics and English. He is a 16-year veteran of the Maine State Police and attended the 44th Maine State Police Academy, which began in November 1995.
He was assigned to Troop C during his entire career as a Maine State Police trooper, with assignments in Somerset County for 4½ years, Interstate 95 for 10 years and as a patrol sergeant for 2¼ years. Beach has been an Emergency Vehicle Operation Course instructor for six years for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and currently leads the EVOC Instructor program.
The position of game warden pilot has many responsibilities, ranging from search and rescue to law enforcement and assisting with fish and wildlife resource management. Beach will be responsible for flying the southern Maine region.