Encon officer honored for saving James Davey's life in 2016

DEC Announces Law Enforcement Awards for Distinguished Service

ECOs and Law Enforcement Professionals Recognized for Outstanding Service Protecting Environment, Public Health and Safety

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the awards for distinguished actions of dozens of its service members and civilian staff and other law enforcement officials from across the state in a ceremony held at the Empire State Plaza today. DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement Police Awards are presented every three years and recognize the courageous acts and distinguished service of Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and civilian employees, along with District Attorneys and other law enforcement officials that helped protect the environment and enforce the Environmental Conservation Law.

Awards for actions taken in 2016 – 2018 were presented to 39 ECOs and other law enforcement and civilian professionals for a range of activities.


On November 29, 2016, Lt. Liza Bobseine provided lifesaving emergency medical care to ECO James Davey, who was shot and gravely wounded with a high-powered rifle during a nighttime deer poaching investigation.

While preventing ECO Davey from bleeding to death from the wound, Lt. Bobseine also disarmed the suspects and directed law enforcement and emergency medical responders to the remote woodland location.

After arriving at the hospital with minutes to spare due to extensive blood loss, ECO Davey underwent several hours of surgery. If not for the quick and decisive actions of Lt. Bobseine, ECO Davey would not have survived the incident.

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