Conservation officer honored for helping save man stuck in floodwaters

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Law Enforcement recently recognized several officers, including Nate Berry, during an awards ceremony in Indianapolis.

Berry, who lives in the Brownstown area, was awarded a lifesaving award for his role in removing a 75-year-old man who was pinned against a tree in floodwaters after his canoe capsized, saving his life.

That incident occurred Jan. 2 near the Shieldstown Covered Bridge over the East Fork White River, and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department officers Brad Barker and J.L. McElfresh and Brownstown Police Officer Blake McCrary also were involved in the rescue.

“It is a true honor to highlight and recognize the excellence and commitment of Indiana conservation officers from across the state,” said Col. Steve Hunter, director of DNR Law Enforcement.