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Woman wins award, then offers first aid

A 28-year-old environmental conservation officer assigned to East Hampton and Southampton was named last week as the New York State Environmental Conservation Officer of the Year — and, in the parking lot after the ceremony, wound up coming to the aid of a woman in distress.

Liza Bobseine of East Hampton had just been honored at the June 11 event in upstate Wallkill when she heard a woman screaming for help. The woman’s friend “wasn’t breathing,” Bobseine said, “and I quickly administered rescue breathing” and waited for an ambulance to arrive. The woman regained consciousness and was transferred to a hospital in stable condition, she said.

Bobseine, an officer with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, had just been honored by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, which promotes rifle marksmanship and competition. She teaches hunter education courses and offers firearm instruction through the Woman’s Outdoor Adventure program in addition to enforcing fishing, hunting and solid waste regulations.

An environmental conservation officer for four years, Bobseine “has proven to be a vital asset to the Division of Law Enforcement and is very deserving of this recognition," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. "Her dedication to the state's natural resources, outdoors and education of the public both on duty and off are to be admired."

Bobseine, a native of upstate Cattaraugus County, said one of the best things about her job “is the opportunity to teach people about shooting instructions.”

“A lot of people don't get the chance to learn about safe usage of firearms when they're young," she said, adding that her parents introduced her to shooting when she was a child.

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