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Local lawman named states top boating officer
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A Dawson County lawman has been named the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division's 2014 Boating Officer of the Year.

Assigned to Lake Lanier, Cpl. Jason Roberson was recognized for his success in enforcing boating under the influence laws, pursuing those who participate in illegal drug activity and removing those dangerous boaters from the water.

"Working on Lake Lanier day in and day out is a tough job, but Cpl. Roberson not only handles it, he excels at it," said DNR Law Enforcement Director Col. Eddie Henderson.

"I am very proud of him and each of the nominees for their commitment to boating safety on the state's waterways."

Roberson, a 14-year veteran with the department, will be recognized by the Southern States Boating Law Administrators Association this spring.

He is also eligible for the Butch Potts "Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" honor from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

"When it comes to ensuring the safety of Georgia's boating public, Jason is top-notch," according to supervisor Sgt. Mike Burgamy.

"He is a professional that exhibits fair and unbiased enforcement, education where applicable, compassion when needed and dedication always."

In 2014, Roberson conducted 15 search and rescue missions, several of which included victims needing immediate medical attention.

He also assisted in the double body recovery of two missing Dawson County teens from an ice-covered cove in January 2014.