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Conservation Officer Gerald F. Welling | Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan

Conservation Officer

Gerald F. Welling

Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, September 10, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 24 years

Badge # 219

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Convicted of negligent homicide

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Officer Gerald Welling was killed when he was intentionally struck by bear poachers. He was attempting to stop the two suspected poachers who were in a four wheel pickup truck. As Officer Welling approached them on foot the truck suddenly accelerated, striking him and dragging him approximately 100 feet. The suspects were arrested when they could not pass the patrol vehicle which Officer Welling's had blocking the gravel roadway.

The suspect driving the vehicle was charged with first degree murder but convicted of negligent homicide. He served only 9.5 months in prison before being released.

Officer Welling had been with the agency for 24 years and was a World War II veteran. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and three daughters and is buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Coe, Isabella County, Michigan.

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Never, ever forgotten. RIP my brother behind the badge.

Rita Ann Morrison, Dispatcher, retired
Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department
September 10, 2015

 

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