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Game Warden Melvin Lewis Garrison, Jr. | Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma

Game Warden

Melvin Lewis Garrison, Jr.

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, December 27, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 7 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

Incident Date: 12/27/1971

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Game Warden Melvin Garrison drowned under suspicious circumstances in the Deep Fork River arm of Eufala Lake while on patrol for illegal duck hunters.

After he failed to return home a search party located his body in three feet of water. His uniform was in disarray as if he had been in a struggle, and his shotgun was never found. However, no other evidence was ever located and his death was ruled as an accidental drowning.

Game Warden Garrison had served with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Cosnervation for seven months. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
December 27, 2011


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