Chief Game Protector Joseph H. Kalbfus

Chief Game Protector Joseph H. Kalbfus

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, August 10, 1919

Joseph H. Kalbfus

Chief Game Protector Joseph Kalbfus and Field Superintendent Woody Kelly were killed when their patrol car was struck by a "Fast Express" train in Warren County, Pennsylvania.

The two were traveling from DuBois to Warren as part of their inspection of the state game preserves. About 12:15 pm Superintendent Kelly was driving across a track crossing near Sheffield when the express train rounded a curve and struck the car. Dr. Kalbfus was thrown from the vehicle and died instantly while Kelly was pinned between the wreckage of the car and the locomotive. This crossing was in a dangerous location and was the scene of another accident about a week earlier.

Chief Kalbfus had served as the chief of the department since its founding in 1905. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 72
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

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Chief Kalbfus,
On today, the 97th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow officer for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania.


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August 10, 2016

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