Sgt. Brett Barnes named October 2009 employee of the month by Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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Volume 37-393 For Immediate Release: Oct. 21, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. --- For his dedication to duty before, during and after record heat stranded many participants during the June 2009 Katy Trail Bike Ride, Sgt. Brett Barnes has been chosen as the October Employee of the Month by the Department of Natural Resources. Barnes serves as a Division of State Parks Ranger Sergeant at Mark Twain State Park, Stoutsville.

"Brett Barnes' contribution during the Katy Trail Ride was noticed by the majority of the participants. It was the hottest week of the summer, and there were a number of medical emergencies," said Bill Bryan, DNR deputy director.

Several DSP employees nominated Barnes for recognition. Quinn Kellner, Natural Resources Manager at Edward and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park, said, "Dozens of riders were unable to complete the first 60 miles of the five-day, 225-mile ride and had to be picked up at remote locations along the trail. There were also several medical emergencies that required transportation and treatment. Sgt. Barnes located and transported many riders himself and worked with other rangers and department staff to insure that all riders were accounted for daily."

Sgt. Barnes coordinated safety and law enforcement logistics for the annual bike ride. He traveled several 170-mile round trips in the evening to participate in all monthly planning meetings for the event. Barnes arranged for rangers and law enforcement to provide overnight coverage during the ride. He also arranged, during rush hour, an escorted crossing over the Missouri River bridge at Jefferson City by 300 riders. Later, Barnes coordinated an organized crossing of Highway 19 at Hermann.

Another nominator, Alex Kovac, a park ranger corporal, said, "Brett goes above and beyond to establish good relationships with fellow department staff and agencies that we work with. Throughout the week, he made notes of different people and agencies that assisted us in the event so he could send them notes of gratitude afterwards.

"I can honestly say that I have never had a supervisor that taught me more about what to do and how to treat people than Brett Barnes. If given the opportunity, I will be a better supervisor for having had him as one," he said.

Other DSP staff who nominated Sgt. Barnes for recognition are: Natural Resource Managers Keith Petersen, Debra Ray and Jim Gast; Dawn Fredrickson, Katy Trail Coordinator; and Mary De la Guerra, Office Support Assistant.

Sgt. Barnes began working with the department as a DSP Seasonal Aide in June 1994. He also has held the positions of Park Maintenance Worker I and II and Park Ranger. He lives in Palmyra.

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