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Washington’s Furrer Named National Law Enforcement Award Winner for Career Accomplishments

March 17, 2016


Brent Lawrence,, (503) 231-6211

Senior Special Agent Steven Furrer of Lacey, Wash., is the national 2016 Guy Bradley Award federal recipient for his superior federal law enforcement career accomplishments in the protection of wildlife and natural resources.

Furrer is a senior special agent in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement  in Lacey, Wash. Throughout his career, Furrer has investigated a number of high priority cases dealing with sensitive marine mammal issues, bald and golden eagles, endangered species, and protected migratory birds.

Named after the first wildlife law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in 1905, Guy Bradley, this national award is presented by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) each year to one state and one federal agent for outstanding lifetime achievements in wildlife law enforcement.

"Throughout his career, Senior Special Agent Steve Furrer has proven to be a dedicated and exemplary special agent worthy of the 2016 Guy Bradley Award. Steve has worked tirelessly to build strong relationships with state, tribal, federal and international law enforcement agencies and has established himself as a leader in his direction and coordination of joint wildlife poaching and trafficking investigations with those partners," said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. "In addition, he has been an invaluable mentor, resource and strategic advisor to countless law enforcement professionals within the Service and other organizations."

Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF, added: “Over three decades, Steven Furrer has built a remarkable career. Furrer’s expertise has proved invaluable in a range of important investigations dealing with everything from the international smuggling of endangered species parts to the illegal take and commercialization of waterfowl . We are honored to recognize his lasting contribution to wildlife law enforcement.”

Furrer was born and raised in western Washington.  He graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology. He began his wildlife law enforcement career in 1985 as a game warden for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife before joining the Service’s Office of Law Enforcement in 1995 as a special agent. Furrer was stationed in California, conducting numerous investigations involving migratory birds, bald and golden eagles, and endangered species.  In 2001, Furrer returned to Washington as a special agent in the Lacey office.  In 2013, he was promoted to a senior special agent.

“I’m very honored to receive this award. It has been a rewarding career having been given the opportunity to work a fascinating variety of cases and working alongside so many talented and dedicated Special Agents,” Furrer said. “I've also been blessed with a wonderful wife, who understands the demands of the job and has given me tremendous support throughout my career.”

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