Mike Reuber, chief of resource management for the National Park Service at the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, was recently presented the National Park Service's 2004 Andrew Clark Hecht Public Safety Achievement Award by Director Mainella. Mike was recognized for his work with the National Canoe Safety Patrol over the past 25 years. The National Canoe Safety Patrol's (NCSP) primary mission is to provide less experienced boaters with on-water safety training, teaching safe and effective paddling techniques, and performing river rescues and assists as necessary. The Andrew Clark Hecht Public Safety Achievement Award is the highest award bestowed by the National Park Service for outstanding public safety achievement. "For the last 25 years with the NCSP, Mike has coordinated and developed training standards, operational procedures and volunteer requirements, deployed patrol members to the most hazardous areas and disseminated information to the 185,000 visitors who use the river," said the director in making the presentation. "His efforts have contributed significantly toward reducing river drownings. Mike worked professionally, with enthusiasm and attention to detail, to provide the public with a premier educational and technical rescue organization, an operational necessity for the Upper Delaware." The Andrew Clark Hecht Public Safety Achievement Award is presented in memory of Andrew Clark Hecht, the nine year-old son of Dr. James and Amy Hecht who died in 1970 as a result of an accident in Yellowstone National Park. Dr. Hecht established the Hecht foundation with the stated purpose of encouraging and recognizing outstanding public safety achievement in the National Park Service, and this award is presented annually to an individual employee, group or team of employees for effective efforts to prevent accidents that may cause serious visitor injuries or fatalities. Photo caption: National Park Service Director Fran Mainella presents the 2004 Andrew Clark Hecht Public Safety Achievement Award to Mike Reuber of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Joining her is Richard Rhodes, a past Commodore of the National Canoe Safety Patrol, and Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey.