Park Ranger James Royce Pitney

Park Ranger James Royce Pitney

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, December 17, 2002

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James Royce Pitney

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.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Accidental

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Ranger Pitney,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Air Force-especially during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 17, 2022

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