The district attorney for Houston and Henry Counties was presented a lifetime achievement award by a group of law enforcement officers. The honor was bestowed upon Douglas Albert Valeska Monday by the Conservation Law Enforcement Officers Association.
"He's the most deserving person that could have received the William Perryman award," said game warden Tim Ward. "His selfish dedication to our officers has been tireless." The award is named for a now-deceased landowner in Wilcox County who was a tireless crusader for conservation officers.
Specifically, Ward points to the purchase of assault rifles by Valeska's office following the 2009 shooting spree which left eleven people dead in Geneva County. "Doug found out that we didn't have assault rifles and he bought them for six of our officers--- they didn't come cheap," said Ward. He also said Valeska has paid for training and many other things over the years.
"I don't deserve this award but I'm honored by it," said Valeska, who has spent most of his adult life as a prosecutor. "The conservation officers do their jobs because they want to make a difference."
Valeska, flanked by family and staff, was presented the award during a dinner held at Calvary Baptist Church.