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Gov. Phil Scott, center, presenting the Warden of the Year to State Game Wardens Sgt. Travis Buttle, left, and Asa Sargent in Montpelier on Thursday. With them are Maj. Justin Stedman, far left, and Col. Jason Batchelder.

Vermont Game Wardens Recognized for Exceptional Performance

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two Vermont State Game Wardens were recognized by Gov. Phil Scott and Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter Thursday in Montpelier for their exceptional performance. 
Sgt. Travis Buttle of Shaftsbury received the 2020 Warden of the Year Award and Warden Asa Sargent of Hartland received the 2019 Warden of the Year Award, which was not made last year because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Buttle has been a warden in the Bennington area for 24 years and is recognized as a diligent and effective protector of Vermont's natural resources, handling more than 300 cases in 2020. In addition, he was recognized for his public outreach achievements, courteous and responsive professional demeanor, and his valued contributions in remote search and rescue operations.
In one instance Buttle responded to a call of a lost autistic boy using his knowledge of behavior and local topography to locate the individual and return him to his family. In another example, a missing deer hunter was lost on a rainy, cold November night. Buttle was called out after his regular shift and responded to the command post, assisting the Vermont State Police with planning and executing the successful search and rescue. 
A game warden since 2016, Sargent received the award for his high motivation and effort, positive attitude, public outreach achievements, and outstanding casework resulting in a 100 percent conviction rate as of 2019. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder assisting in remote search and rescue operations. 
"I want to thank both wardens for their outstanding efforts to protect Vermont's fish and wildlife resources and to serve the people of Vermont," said the governor. "Wardens Sargent and Buttle were chosen for their integrity, professionalism and commitment, and they have earned respect from other wardens and the public. These awards are very well-deserved."
"Asa Sargent and Travis Buttle are consummate professionals who effectively and fairly enforce hunting, fishing and trapping laws," said Commissioner Porter. "They are great role models for our younger wardens who have joined us in recent years."

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