Bob Hetz of Fairview was awarded the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award.
Bob Hetz, third from left, was presented with the Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award Thursday near the mouth of Trout Run. Present for the presentation were, from left, S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie President Jerry Skrypzak; Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission District 1 Commissioner Ed Mascharka; Hetz; Erie County Executive Barry Grossman; Patricia Norcott Miller (on behalf of state Sen. Jane Earll, R-49th Dist.); and Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway. Contributed photo
It is the commission’s highest recognition for individuals “who have distinguished themselves in the cause of conservation,” commission Executive Director John Arway said.
Arway and Ed Mascharka, the District 1 commissioner, presented the award Thursday at the commission’s public access area at Trout Run, Fairview Township.
Hetz is a charter member of the 3-C-U Trout Association, which cooperates with the commission on raising and releasing fish. “He is the individual who provides the leadership and effort to maintain the raceways, feed the fish, and stock them, Arway said. “The success of Pennsylvania’s steelhead program is largely due to the effort of the 3-CU Trout Club and Bob.”
Hetz was nominated by Jerry Skrypzak, president of S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie.
Also participating in the ceremony were Erie County Executive Barry Grossman; Fairview Township Supervisor Pete Kraus; S.O.N.S. President Jerry Skrypzak; and Patricia Norcott Miller on behalf of state Sen. Jane Earll, R-49th Dist.