Retired Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Capt. Robert Duthu was the recipient of the John Garlington Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Wildlife Agents Association Convention held on July 28 in Baton Rouge.
Capt. Duthu had a long career with LDWF that began in 1981 as a field agent working out of region 6A. He received the Agent of the Year Award in 1987-88. In 1990, he was brought to headquarters with a promotion to sergeant; he made lieutenant in 1995 and by 1999 he was wearing the insignia of captain. Capt. Duthu retired from the department in October of 2005.
Capt. Duthu received extensive training in boating throughout his career attending the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary training for boating skills and seamanship, vessel examiner, crew member, national search and rescue school for inland search and rescue and many others.
Robbie, as his friends call him, was a key player during hurricane season working long, stressful hours at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and was instrumental in coordinating the states Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts and planning.
According to Col. Winton Vidrine, Cap. Duthu was instrumental in developing Boating Education in Louisiana. "Robbie pioneered boating education in Louisiana and was one of the first at headquarters to utilize the computer technology that we now take for granted," Vidrine said. "Robbie's strong work ethic and dedication to the Enforcement Division was recognized and rewarded with this John Garlington Lifetime Achievement Award. He will also be remembered as a good friend who always had time for a smile and a kind word."
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