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Paynesville Press - May 30, 2001

DNR honors Joe Pung

By Linda Stelling

Chisago County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Pung was recently presented with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Water Patrol Deputy of the Year Award.

A 1961 graduate of Paynesville High School, Pung has been a water patrol deputy for Chisago County for 25 years, including a number of years where he was the only water patrol deputy in the county.

His accomplishments include working long hours of patrol, education, rescue and recovery operations; helping set up and staff county fair booths on water safety; developing improved training methods for fire departments, search and rescue units, and other federal, state, and local agencies who work in body recovery; establishing close working relationships with the lake associations; and assisting the DNR in production of a training video on the body recovery techniques used in Chisago County and developed by the deputies and conservation officers.

Pung is the son of Julia Spanier of Paynesville.

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