Special Game Protector William H. Jackson

Special Game Protector William H. Jackson

New York State Environmental Conservation Police, New York

End of Watch Friday, September 17, 1897

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William H. Jackson

Special Game Protector William Jackson was killed after being attacked with an axe and knife while attempting to arrest a man who had been hunting deer with dogs in Essex County.

Game Protector Jackson had gone to a farm, approximately one half mile south Schroon Village, where he located the man. The subject attacked him with an axe, striking him in the shoulder. He then stabbed him multiple times in the head and chest.

Despite being injured, Game Protector Jackson was able to fire one round.

The subject who murdered him was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He was paroled in 1918.

Game Protector Jackson had been deputized as a special game protector to assist with the subject's arrest.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Axe
  • Offender Paroled in 1918

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What kind of animal is it that would fight so vehemently against a law enforcement officer over what probably would have been a small amount of jail time or even a fine? How tragic that this 'thing' was let loose after only 20 years when your family was sentenced to eternity. Our justice system is no better today, if not worse.

Special Game Protector Jackson, the job you did and the job still done today is not an easy one. Many take the job you do for granted. The lives sacrificed by the many Game Wardens/Environmental Police/Wildlife Officers is testimony to the risks you take and yet, sadly, so many still cannot fathom the importance of what you do.

You were and remain a hero. God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 30, 2014

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