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State officer takes a second bow

PLANT CITY A state wildlife officer who recently won top honors at a Plant City law enforcement appreciation dinner has received more accolades.

Officer Craig Baker of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was lauded June 18 for his work by the Florida Guides Association.

Capt. Pat Kelly, the association’s president, presented Baker with the Trained Eyes Coastwatchers Officer of the Year award. Baker, a wildlife officer since October 2008, was chosen for his exemplary actions and attitude.

His notable casework included a year-long investigation to identify a suspect in a commercial dumping case and catching two people who were robbing crab traps. In 2013, Baker braved rough seas to rescue three servicemen whose canoe overturned on Tampa Bay, and saved a man who had jumped off Howard Frankland Bridge on a cold night.

In May, he was named his agency’s officer of the year at the East Hillsborough Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner at the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds.

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