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Game Officer L. Seeley Houk | Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

Game Officer

L. Seeley Houk

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, March 2, 1906

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/2/1906

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: Executed in 1909

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Game Officer Seeley Houk was shot and killed by the leader of an organized crime ring in Hillsville. He was fatally shot while while issuing game violation citations to a group of immigrants.

After shooting Officer Houk the man weighted down his body and submerged it in the Mahoning River in Lawrence County.

The suspect was sentenced to death and hanged in October 1909.

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For Game Officer L. Seeley Houk:

The duties of the Game Protector brings him or her to encounter the demands of the angry land-owner who, like many, wish that the laws be enforced as they are personally viewed, and not as they exist and are officially written. The game officer regularly arrives alone and must face others who routinely are in the possession of knives and firearms. We regret that GO Houk would meet his demise at the hands of an irate person whom he was sent to legally serve and lawfully protect. It is a stinging betrayal from one who the game officer is sworn to serve.

We pray for GO Houk's family, friends and all who care about him. We hope that they remember him most as a noble law officer who died doing what he loved, and in service to others.

I am proud to render GO L. Seeley Houk a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police
October 18, 2010

 

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