Park Ranger Paul Herbert Salyer

Park Ranger Paul Herbert Salyer

Breaks Interstate Park Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, August 14, 1975

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Paul Herbert Salyer

Park Ranger Paul Salyer was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance at a campsite in Breaks Interstate Park. The campsite occupants had been involved in a domestic disturbance the previous night. Ranger Salyer was shot when he went to the campsite to check on the occupants.

Ranger Salyer was a Korean War veteran. He had served with the Breaks Interstate Park, and also held a commission as a part-time deputy with the Dickenson County Sheriff's Office, for two years. He was survived by his wife, mother, three brothers, and grandmother.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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I remember Paul very well
I was only 8 yrs old when he left this world. He owned and operated a country store in Martin town. He was a very kind man to me and always had a big smile with his unique mustache, which I admired. If I had a nickel and bought penny candy somehow I always ended up with about a dollars worth in my bag. It broke my heart when we came into the store and I heard he had been killed. I never have forgotten this kind man and I always think of him when I pass that old place that was his old store.

Wayne Neece
A old friend

June 17, 2019

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