October 19, 2009 at 8:45am
I know that alot of people get on the site and have negative run in's with agents from time to time and like bashing the Wildlife and Fisheries. Yesterday afternoon my son and his girlfriend left going to Slidell to build duck blinds near a friend of our's house he has a 16 foot boat and a gator tail he ended up running it a ground and getting stuck at 530 he got out to push and couldnt break the suction at 7 p.m. I called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and they had him call them on his cell phone they pinged his location and was able to locate him on the GPS they did not have a boat capable of getting to him. Some friends of his were able to get with Agent Fox of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries he coordinated with other agents and also were able to get a Federal Agent involved from the area that was familiar with the marsh and also had a Air Boat at 10:20 p.m. he called to say they were pulling up next to him in the Air Boat he and his girlfriend were cold and wet as you can imagine. They pulled them out of the marsh and got them back to land. Agent Fox then called me back to assure me they were safe as most parents can imagine that was a phone call from heaven. My son come to find out was in an area he was not suppose to be with an air cooled engine and written an citation for his violation as far as I am concerned this was a small price to pay for the service he was granted by the professionals we have both on a State and Federal level in our Wildlife and Fisheries Department again I can not thank Agent Fox and the other guys enough for what they accomplished for me and my family. These guys risk there lives just like all law enforcement branches and 9 out of 10 people they speak with are armed think about this next time you see an Agent in the field and thank him for doing his job and helping preserve the wild life that we all love so much.