By Rob Morris on September 12, 2013Marine Patrol Officer Chris Lee of Kill Devil Hills has been chosen to receive the 2012 Marine Fisheries Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Program.
Lee received an engraved statuette, a lapel pin, and a certificate commemorating this achievement Sept. 7 at the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s 50th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Reception and Banquet in Cary.
Lee, 31, was nominated for the honor by fellow officers in his district.
Lee has made significant cases involving the illegal use of gill nets, illegal sales of seafood, unlicensed charter boats and larceny of commercial fishing gear. He has also participated in undercover operations ranging from the illegal sale of seafood to the recreational taking of undersized and over-the-limit of red drum and spotted sea trout.
Lee joined the Marine Patrol in 2008. Prior to that, he served in the N.C. National Guard in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and later joined the Edenton Police Department.
During his military service, Lee began working toward a degree in criminal justice that he would later complete after joining the Marine Patrol. He is certified as a general instructor and specialized firearms instructor through the N.C. Criminal Justice and Training Standards Commission. He is also certified as an Armament Systems and Procedures baton and handcuff instructor and a CPR, first aid and automated external defibrillator instructor. He is field trainer for newly hired officers.
Lee lives in Kill Devil Hills with his wife, Melissa, and son, Sonny.