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Park Ranger James Royce Pitney | Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio

Park Ranger

James Royce Pitney

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Accidental

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Park Ranger James Pitney was killed when a large piece of a tree fell and struck him on the head as he walked beneath a worker in a tree-topping bucket.

The work crew was topping the tree at a campground at Charles Mill Lake when the accident occurred. Ranger Pitney was transported to MedCentral-Mansfield Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Ranger Pitney was a US Air Force veteran. In addition to being a park ranger, he also served as a part-time deputy for the Ashland County Sheriff's Department. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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I was thinking of those times in dispatch when we would laugh so hard. I remember you would hear an infomercial on TV and would get so upset about "If you call within the next 20 minutes then you will get a free item". You always said, "They don't know if it's been 20 minutes or not". We would laugh so hard.
You are missed, my friend.

Deputy Angie Hamilton
Ashland County Sheriff's Office
May 17, 2017


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