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PA WCO David Grove Memorial Run 2014

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WCO David GroveWCO David L. Grove was shot and killed in the line of duty on November 11, 2010 while attempting to apprehend two deer poaching suspects. On October 2, 2012, almost two years later, Christopher L. Johnson was convicted of first degree murder and subsequently sentenced to death for David’s murder. WCO Grove was committed to the field of conservation law enforcement and was himself an avid hunter and fisherman. The Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association is currently raising funds for an endowed scholarship at the Pennsylvania State University in WCO Grove’s honor.

The WCO David L. Grove Scholarship Fund:
All proceeds from therace will benefit the WCO David L. Grove Scholarship Fund. Scholarships shall be given to a full-time undergraduate student who is of, at least, junior academic standing and majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, or to a student with a senior academic standing majoring in Wildlife Technology at Penn State Dubois. First preference shall be given to Pennsylvania residents who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career as a conservation officer.

Registration fee is $25. Online registration at is strongly encouraged. A small convenience fee may apply. Pre-register by July 21, 2014 to be guaranteed an event performance t-shirt and goodie bag. Send mail-in registrations to: WCO David L. Grove Memorial Run, c/o Pennsylvania Game Commission; 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg PA 17110-9797. Checks payable to WCO David L. Grove Memorial Run-COPA.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:34

Pennsylvania Game Commission Ceremonial Unit

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altThe Pennsylvania Game Commission Ceremonial Unit also known to many as the Honor Guard was formed in the spring of 2009 by the then Bureau of Wildlife Protection, Assistant Director, Thomas Grohol. Grohol saw the need for a formalized unit to call upon for events within and outside the agency.

Twelve members, from across the state, were chosen to form the unit and began training with the PA State Police in the fall of 2009.

Since then members have participated in memorials to fallen officers, national police week, agency hosted events and have provided funeral services to active and retired agency officers. On average the unit will participate in approximately 30 services per year. The unit also travels to states throughout the nation if there is a Wildlife Officer killed in the line of duty to provide a representative from the PA Game Commission. The Pennsylvania Game Commission Honor Guard has participated in the Fallen Officers Ceremony at the annual conference of the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officer's Association - NAWEOA.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:49

Connecticut Conservation Officers Association Field Day

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The Connecticut Conservation Officers Association(CCOA) is hosting a field day Saturday September 6 in East Lyme, Connecticut. Is is close to Rt. 95 and Rt. 395. There are cabins available and plenty of room for tents or campers as well. There is lodging nearby also. Those attending can arrive Friday night or Saturday morning. There will be training and events on Saturday. Breakfast will be provided Sunday morning before everyone leaves. There is more info. to come. We hope to see you on Sep. 6. Feel free to pass this on to others in your agency or to other contacts in the NE states.

Bill Vroman




Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 18:50

Pennsylvania Game Commission Names Deputy Executive Director

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Bureau of Wildlife Protection director to oversee agency’s field operations.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has a new deputy executive director for field operations.

Richard R. Palmer, the director of the Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Protection, will fill the post.

Palmer has worked for the Game Commission since 1991, joining as an undercover officer in the agency’s special-investigations unit, then serving as a wildlife conservation officer in Huntingdon and Perry counties.

He subsequently held positions as law-enforcement training supervisor, chief of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection’s research and development division, and training director, prior to becoming director of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection in 2007.

Palmer is expected to begin in his new role on June 7.

The position of deputy executive director for field operations became vacant earlier this year, when R. Matthew Hough was promoted to executive director.

Hough congratulated Palmer on his new position.

“Rich’s knowledge of the Game Commission’s field operations is second to none,” Hough said. “His years of hands-on experience and his strong work ethic make him a perfect fit for this position, and I very much look forward to working alongside him in the executive office.”

Palmer, too, said he looks forward to the experience.

“I am humbled and honored to be entrusted with the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth’s citizens and wildlife in this capacity, the agency has a 119-year history of amazing wildlife success stories, and our employees continue that tradition today through their dedicated work and I am proud to be part of that team,” Palmer said.

Canine Officer Loses Battle With Disease

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CUMBERLAND  MD— Blu, the Maryland Natural Resources Police K-9 tracking dog that had been deployed more than 200 times since 2006, was euthanized May 21 after dealing with lymphoma for almost two years.

A black Labrador retriever, Blu was 10 and had been retired in February. Officer Curt Dieterle was his handler.
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Since the early days of wildlife protection, the job of a Nevada game warden has grown to include public safety, boating enforcement, search and rescue, and every manner of police work. Game wardens are some of the few public servants working in Nevada's far-flung places, and at the heart of their work, just as in any wildlife agency, is a never-ending mission to eliminate poaching.

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