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Nathan Karch, Melvin McLerran Named Boating Officers of the Year

Monday, April 02, 2018 | 07:49am
 Nathan Karch (center) is the Boating Officer of the Year while Melvin McLerran (second from right) is the part-time Boating of the Year for the TWRA. Also pictured from left are Dr. Jeff Cook (TFWC chairman), Glenn Moates (Assistant Boating and Law Enforcement chief) and Ed Carter (TWRA executive director).

Nathan Karch and Melvin McLerran have been selected as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 2017 Boating Officer of the Year and part-time Boating Officer of the Year, respectively.

Both officers are assigned to work TWRA Region II’s District 21, a 12-county district in Middle Tennessee. District 21 contains the five major reservoirs of J. Percy Priest, Cordell Hull, Old Hickory, Cheatham, and Barkley.

Karch inspected 2,112 boats for compliance, issued 118 court citations for violations, 30 warning citations, administered field sobriety tests to eight boat operators and made three boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. Additionally, he assisted other TWRA officers with 54 violations and helped 112 boaters on the water that required immediate assistance. Karch worked patrol at major public marine events in the Nashville area. He also checked close to 2,200 people for various hunting, fishing, and access area violations throughout the year.

Karch was the lead investigator on four boating incidents and assisted on three others, including a pair of fatalities. He also worked two drownings that were not boating related.

In the area of education and outreach, Karch taught a boater education classes, certifying 35 students. He has also spent a lot of his time working with numerous groups teaching boating safety, hunting safety, and providing education on the importance of our agency and its mission.

McLerran earned the part-time boating award for the second time in his career. His previous honor came for 2015. In his duties as a part-time officer, McLerran inspected 1,237 boats for compliance, issued 118 court citations for violations, 110 warning citations, administered field sobriety tests to six boating operators and made an arrest for boating under the influence (BUI).

Additionally, McLerran assisted other TWRA officers with four BUI violations and helped 19 boaters on the water that required immediate assistance. He worked patrol at major public marine events in the Nashville area and fulfilled the need to have more enforcement presence on the lakes during hunting season when full-time officers had other duties.

In the area of outreach, McLerran participated in the Nashville Boat Show and Nashville Fishing Show. He also conducted public programs and participated in other public venues to promote boating safety. 

Photo caption:

Nathan Karch (center) is the Boating Officer of the Year while Melvin McLerran (second from right) is the part-time Boating of the Year for the TWRA. Also pictured from left are Dr. Jeff Cook (TFWC chairman), Glenn Moates (Assistant Boating and Law Enforcement chief) and Ed Carter (TWRA executive director).