Game Protector Samuel S. Taylor

Game Protector Samuel S. Taylor

New York State Environmental Conservation Police, New York

End of Watch Monday, April 6, 1914

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Samuel S. Taylor

Game Protector Samuel Taylor was shot and killed by game violators while attempting to arrest them for shooting song birds.

On the morning of Sunday, April 5, 1914, Game Protector Taylor of Boukville, New York joined forces with Game Protector John Willis of Oneida to patrol along the banks of the Mohawk River. The purpose of their patrol was to check for illegal duck hunting.

Soon they heard shooting in the woods east of Riverside Park. While investigating the shooting, the protectors saw several men shooting birds. One of the men was in possession of a shotgun; another was picking up dead birds. After following the violators for a time, the protectors finally stepped out in front of the party, instructing them to surrender and advising them that they were under arrest. At that time, the man carrying the shotgun fired, striking Game Protector Taylor in the chest and abdomen. He fell to the ground mortally wounded. Protector Willis drew his service revolver and returned fire, failing to hit the assailants.

Despite Protector Willis' heroic efforts to summon emergency rescuers, shortly after midnight on April 6, 1914, Protector Taylor died at Oneida County Hospital. His assailants were never brought to justice.

Protector Taylor was survived by his widowed mother.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 5, 1914
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

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

April 7, 2012

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