Joe Shadwick was presented a framed print at his induction into the Tennessee Hunter Education Hall of Fame. His son, William, accompanied him to the banquet. He was introduced by TWRA Region III Hunter Education Coordinator Matt Clarey. Statewide Hunter Education Coordinator Randy Huskey (far right) is also pictured.
Soddy-Daisy resident Joe Shadwick has received the honor of being inducted into the Tennessee Hunter Education Hall of Fame. Mr. Shadwick received the honor at the 39th annual Hunter Education Banquet at Henry Horton State Park hosted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Mr. Shadwick has been a part of the Hunter Education Program since 1981. A tragic accident involving a student at the school in which he was teaching helped spur him to be a part of the program. An eight-year-old boy was playing with a friend when they found a pistol in the house and was accidentally shot and killed.
The accident made Mr. Shadwick want to help teach children about gun safety to avoid this type of accident in the future. Along with teaching classes, he was at the time able to encourage his school principal to allow him to install a shooting range in the basement of the Eastman Elementary School.
Mr. Shadwick is credited with certifying students into the thousands with his efforts with the program. Mr. Shadwick was introduced into the Hall of Fame at the banquet by TWRA Region III Hunter Education Coordinator Matt Clarey.
Mr. Shadwick was one of two persons inducted this year. Knoxville resident Billy Long was unable to attend the banquet due to illness, but was recognized during the August meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission held in Knoxville.