Game Protector John H. Woodruff

Game Protector John H. Woodruff

New York State Environmental Conservation Police, New York

End of Watch Thursday, November 27, 1919

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John H. Woodruff

Game Protector John Woodruff was killed when an unknown suspect struck him on the head with a heavy object.

Protector Woodruff left his home on November 27th, 1919 to patrol in Schenectady County in search of a foreign visitor suspected of game law violations.

Search parties were sent out when he did not return from duty that night. They were unable to locate Protector Woodruff and his fate was unknown until April 4th, 1921, when his remains were discovered in a hole near a creek bed with his revolver missing. The coroner ruled his death a homicide. The case was never solved.

Game Protector Woodruff was survived by his wife.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Never solved

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I said a little prayer today for Game Protector Woodruff and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

November 22, 2015

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