Yates County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol officer Pam Housel was recognized during the Oct. 10 Yates County Legislature meeting as the New York State Boating Educator of the Year.

On hand to present the honor to Housel was Ro Woodard an educational specialist from the New York State Parks Marine Services Bureau, who said Housel is a leader who inspires excellence from her peers.

Housel, who has been teaching boater safety courses since 2000, has taught about 2,200 students over the years in an average of six classes annually. “She has made a huge influence on safety,” said Woodard.

In addition to boating safety classes and patrolling Yates County waters, Housel participates in the county’s farm safety day, focusing on pond safety.

“She’s a fabulous representative for boating safety,” said Woodard.

Yates County Legislative Chairman Timothy Dennis commented, “Pam, we are really proud of you. Congratulations to you and your entire team.”

In addition to serving the county on the marine patrol, Housel is a Yates County Court Security officer.

In 2016, Yates County issued 88 boater safety certificates, according to the Sheriff’s Department 2016 Annual Report.

About New York State Boating Education:

All individuals born on or after May 1, 1996 are required to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat.

New York State Parks’ Bureau of Marine Services has provided over 55 years of courses. In the last 15 years, through the network of certified instructors including Housel, more than 300,000 people have become certified.