Cpl. Stuart Simms recognized by DNR

Natural Resources Police Corporal Stuart Simms, a Braxton County native and BCHS graduate, was recently recognized for his dedication and service to the citizens and boaters of West Virginia at an awards ceremony at DNR HQ in South Charleston. Every year, the West Virginia Natural Resources Police participate in a nationwide campaign that targets impaired boaters known as “Operation Dry Water.” Over the July 4th holiday weekend, Corporal Simms worked all three days of the campaign, which included extended patrol hours. He logged over 30 hours, 541 patrol miles, and contacted numerous vessels and boaters, which resulted in multiple boating safety citations, warnings, and a Boating Under the Influence arrest.  That arrest stemmed from a boat traveling too fast through a designated “No Wake Zone. Corporal Simms performed a boat stop and noticed several open alcoholic beverages aboard the vessel and smelled alcohol on the vessel’s operator. After performing field sobriety, it was determined that the operator was impaired resulting in his arrest. “Corporal Simms continues to represent his Section with a positive image and demonstrates outstanding performance related to boating safety in his area. He spends numerous hours outside of his assigned county patrolling and assisting the other Natural Resources Police Officers with boating enforcement and water safety,” stated a superior.  His efforts have resulted in the apprehension of numerous impaired boaters throughout the summer months. Officer Simms was applauded during the ceremony for his hard work, dedication, and the professionalism he shows while working to ensure the safety of all individuals who enjoy West Virginia’s waterways.