Local sports clubs are coming together to honor game warden Dave Brown, who is retiring from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources after 32 years of service.
For the past three years, Brown was the wildlife- officer supervisor, overseeing the work of wildlife officers in Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Trumbull counties, according to an ODNR news release.
He was responsible for coordinating his team of officers on wildlife law- enforcement projects, fisheries and wildlife surveys, providing assistance to private landowners, organizing presentations and assistance to conservation clubs and public conservation events, the release stated.
A dinner is planned for 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Assumption Social Center of St. Mary Catholic Church, 356 S. Belle Vista Ave. The cost is $35 and includes buffet dinner and drinks. Reservations will be accepted through Tuesday and can be made by calling John Kopcsos at 330-757-9020 or Dan Donoghue at 330-540-1631.
“This is to honor him for his service to the community and the state,” said Kopcsos, a member of Lowellville Rod and Gun Club.
Kopcsos said Brown regularly attended monthly meetings of local clubs to give reports and offer assistance.
Before serving as district supervisor, Brown was the Mahoning County wildlife officer. A Youngstown native, Brown graduated from the Wildlife Officer Cadet Academy in 1981 after earning an associate degree in recreation and wildlife management from Hocking College in 1979.