His superiors call him their "go-to guy" and now he's being recognized as the Marine Patrol Officer of the Year.
Sgt. Carter Witten has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Marine Fisheries Enforcement Award.
The 38-year-old was nominated by his district captain, Steve Anthony, who says Witten is one of those special individuals who separates himself by taking charge.
Over the past couple of years, Witten has taken on the tasks of removing outboard motors off boats and installing new ones, scheduling for new VIPER radio installations in vehicles and vessels, scheduling the removal of three radio towers, and organizing several work details around the state.
The Havelock native and former Havelock police officer currently serves as Sergeant over Craven, Pamlico and Beaufort counties.
He lives in Havelock with his wife Joy and 11-year-old son Taylor.