Game Wardens Go Above & Beyond for Christmas

Story by Mime Barnes, TWRA

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(l-r) TWRA Wildlife Officers Shawn Edgmon (Sequatchie County), Christy Twilla (Hamilton County), Joe Pike (Monroe County) and Joe McSpadden (Hamilton County) with just some of the gifts they've distributed for Christmas this season. (Photo Contributed)

DUNLAP, Tenn. – Most folks who encounter game wardens are usually hunting, fishing or boating. Sometimes those encounters are not necessarily pleasant. However Sequatchie County game warden Shawn Edgmon did a lot to change that stereotype recently by spreading some significant Christmas cheer.

(l-r) TWRA Wildlife Officers David Holt and Shawn Edgmon install a new stove for a family in need. The stove was purchased for the family by the Sequatchie Valley Electric Coop. (Photo Contributed)

When Edgmon took deer meat to a disadvantaged couple, he learned that their oven had stopped working. Edgmon immediately went to Snapchat asking for help. Within ten minutes, Shanda Hancock with the Sequatchie Valley Electric Coop (SVEC) was on the phone offering to purchase the stove. The SVEC also provided the couple with a $500 gift card to Walmart.

Edgmon drove the couple to the store twice on his own time and in his own vehicle. Edgmon called in fellow officers to help deliver the stove.

(l-r) Dist. 32 Sgt. Brandon Selvog and Hamilton County Wildlife Officer deliver a new stove to a needy family. The stove was purchased for the family by the Sequatchie Valley Electric Coop. (Photo Contributed)

Edgmon said, “This job just isn’t about slinging ink and writing tickets. It’s also about helping people in need.”

Edgmon knows of many families that can utilize deer meat. So, anytime he comes across a road-killed deer, a deer illegally poached or even a few donated, he takes them to people in need and he’ll continue to do this outside of the Christmas season.

Edgmon’s story is just one of several the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Recently TWRA, District 32 (Chattanooga area) officers raised $675 to help a single mother of three. With a sick child in need of treatment, the family had little to spare for Christmas. Wildlife officers purchased clothing for all three children, a few toys, a turkey for their Christmas dinner and a family bible.

(l-r) Wildlife officers Marty Griffith and Joe Pike with a bible provided to a family in need, along with other gifts for the family. (Photo Contributed)

Another officer recently installed insulation on a plywood home where a single mom lives with her two small children. Of course there are several stories of flat tires changed, jump-starts and even holiday flowers for widows of wildlife officers. TWRA employees donated 800 pounds of treats to send to servicemen and women overseas this December. Shipping was paid for by the Tennessee Wildlife Officers Association.

These examples are just a handful of the good deeds that take place within the agency year-round. It is truly an organization of public servants that work hard for wildlife and step outside their job duties to serve their fellow humans.

When asked about some of the good deeds accomplished this year Lieutenant Tim Singleton answered, “It’s hard to answer this question. It’s just what we do.”

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