The Manitoba Government is honouring two public servants with the new Conservation Officer Community Service Award and the Wildland Fire Fighter of the Year Award.

Scott Wishart

Scott Wishart (left) received Manitoba's Wildland Fire Fighter of the Year Award Tuesday from Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh. (Jacques Marcoux)

"We have incredible employees and many of them put in extraordinary efforts to make Manitoba a safer and great place to live, work or visit and we felt it was time to better recognize these efforts," Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said in a release Tuesday.

"We are proud of all our staff, but some contributions go above and beyond and these achievements need to be celebrated."

Randy Woroniuk was awarded the conservation officer award for his 31 years of service as a natural resource officer in Virden, Wabowden, West Hawk, Gimli, Bissett and Riverton, Man.

Woroniuk also spent years as a first responder and emergency services co-ordinator, served as the mayor of Bissett and has coached various community sports teams.

The province gave Scott Wishart, a seasonal fire ranger in Cormorant, Man., the Wildland Fire Fighter of the Year Award.

Wishart has been involved in many different parts of the province’s fire program for 30 years, acting as an administrator for wildfire training courses for the last 25 years.

Wishart, nicknamed "King Trapper," has a reputation for his physical strength and wilderness survival savvy, and is the president of the Cormorant Trappers Association.

This was the first year the province presented both awards.