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 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 and badge missing. The coroner ruled his death a homicide. The case was never solved.

Game Protector Woodruff had served with the New York State Environmental Conservation Police for two months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Never solved


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Game Protector Woodruff,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New York. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 27, 2019

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