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Game Warden William Harlan Pogue | Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho

Game Warden

William Harlan Pogue

Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho

End of Watch: Monday, January 5, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 25 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Released in February 2005

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Game Warden Pogue and Game Warden Wilson Elms were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a poacher in Owyhee County.

The suspect was released from prison in February 2005.

Warden Pogue had served with the agency for 25 years.

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Game Warden Wilson Conley Elms
Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho
End of Watch: Monday, January 5, 1981
Cause: Gunfire

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This case and this dedicated Wildlife Officer changed my life as a young 14 year old aspiring Game Warden living in southern Missouri. I went on to obtain my degree in Wildlife Conservation and Minor in Law Enforcement. During several of those college classes, I completed term papers and such, each one using law to defend these officers against unfair and ignorant views of "justification." I then became a Police Officer and have now served my community for 26 years, always remembering William H. "Bill" Pogue. Four years ago, my sons and I decided to continue our hobby of restoring vintage LE vehicles by paying tribute to Officer Pogue and Conley Elms in the form of a tribute/memorial truck to display at car shows, LE events, etc. I contacted Officer Pogue's family in Boise to ask permission for such an intimate project. Our families have since become friends, dear friends like family, each side feeling like we may be linked in our distant family tree! My wife has told me that she feels safe when I go to work, because I learned so much from Officer Pogue post-mortem. I carry his proud dedication to service with me with work each shift I complete! You changed my life sir, and I hope to meet you "on the other side" someday. Your family is amazing and your legacy is strong and complete!!!

Cpl. K.L. Sweckard
Springfield Missouri Police
September 23, 2015

 

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