Wildlife officers on presidential safety detail


Ohio’s state wildlife officers do not just nab poachers and cite unlicensed anglers and hunters these days. It appears, they also defend presidents.

On Sept. 22, President Donald Trump flew to Lima for a rally at Pratt Industries in Wapakoneta. The Secret Service asked Ohio DNR for assistance in securing the perimeter of the Allen County Regional Airport although Air Force 1 was on the ground there.


Division of Wildlife employees responded and dispatched officers Levi Farley from Paulding County and Craig Barr from Allen County to assistance.

Apparently, this is not the initially time the division has aided the presidential detail. Wildlife District Two Manager Scott Butterworth stated his officers performed a equivalent duty early in the Trump Administration when the president visited the Lima tank factory.

The airport is surrounded by unplanted cornfields – common of what you see in western Ohio this fall as a outcome of final spring’s pretty wet climate.


Prior to and for the duration of Trump’s September check out, Farley and Barr patrolled the airport’s perimeter on ATVs. They produced certain no 1 sneaked up on the presidential plane although it was on the ground or did something to sabotage the check out in advance, Butterworth stated.

State wildlife chief Kendra Wecker stated the officers are effectively-educated in outside safety. Secret Service agents in the presidential detail are commonly a lot more educated to deal with urban environments. Also, the Secret Service apparently had no ATVs for the process, she added.

I was shocked to hear that.

It would look a large, federal agency like that would have just about every type of transportation and weapon at its disposal.

I was also shocked to understand a plane as large as Air Force 1 could land at an airport the size of the Allen County facility.

Regardless, the get in touch with to help was a good acknowledgement of the self-confidence the Secret Service apparently has in ODNR’s wildlife division.


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