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 songbirds along the Mohawk River east of Riverside Park.

On the morning of Sunday, April 5, Game Protector Taylor joined forces with a Game Protector from Oneida to patrol along the banks of the Mohawk River to check for illegal duck hunting. While patrolling, they heard gunshots in the woods east of Riverside Park. The protectors observed several men shooting birds. One of the subjects was in possession of a shotgun, and the other 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. The man carrying the shotgun fired, striking Game Protector Taylor in the chest and abdomen, and fled. Protector Taylor fell to the ground, wounded. The second subject fired two shots at the other protector, who drew his service revolver and returned fire but failed to hit the assailants.

Protector Taylor was carried a half mile to the Oneida County Hospital, where despite heroic efforts to save him, Protector Taylor died from his wounds the following day.

Protector Taylor's assailants were indicted but fled the area and were never apprehended and brought to justice.

Protector Taylor had served with the New York State Environmental Conservation Police for two years. He was survived by his widowed mother.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 5, 1914
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Never apprehended

arrest attempt, environmental crime, poacher

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I receive the Samuel S. Taylor award yesterday October 18th, 2023 from my agency NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation. I learned about Game Protector Taylor’s death in our academy and always thought of him with great reverence. Now, having received the award in his memory 10 years to the day after my academy graduation, at nearly the same age, while being assigned the area in which he was patrolling when killed, I’m truly honored and will forever be grateful for his sacrifice and others like him.

Being a NYS EnCon Officer has given me opportunities I never could’ve dreamed of and memories I’ll never forget. No matter how much changes in the world over time, we’re still just Game Protectors working our hardest to protect the natural resources, environment and people of the State of New York. It will forever be the greatest job on the planet.

Thank you Samuel S. Taylor for your sacrifice and your desire to fight to protect what we’re able to enjoy today.

ECO Jeffrey Hull
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

October 19, 2023

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