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Chief Game Protector Joseph H. Kalbfus | Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

Chief Game Protector

Joseph H. Kalbfus

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Sunday, August 10, 1919

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 72

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by train

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Chief Game Protector Joseph Kalbfus and Field Superintendent Woody Kelly were killed when their patrol car was struck by a "Fast Express" train in Warren County, Pennsylvania.

The two were traveling from DuBois to Warren as part of their inspection of the state game preserves. About 12:15 pm Superintendent Kelly was driving across a track crossing near Sheffield when the express train rounded a curve and struck the car. Dr. Kalbfus was thrown from the vehicle and died instantly while Kelly was pinned between the wreckage of the car and the locomotive. This crossing was in a dangerous location and was the scene of another accident about a week earlier.

Chief Kalbfus had served as the chief of the department since its founding in 1905. He was survived by his wife.

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Field Superintendent Elias W. "Woody" Kelly
Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Sunday, August 10, 1919
Cause: Struck by train

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Chief Kalbfus,
On today, the 97th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow officer for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania.

R.I.P.
USBP

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United States Border Patrol
August 10, 2016

 

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