Investigator Howard Russell Bunting

Investigator Howard Russell Bunting

Illinois Department of Conservation - Division of Law Enforcement, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, February 23, 1957

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Howard Russell Bunting

Investigator Howard Bunting and Investigator John Fletcher were killed in an automobile accident while on duty in White County.

Investigator Fletcher and Investigator Bunting were traveling northbound on Illinois Route 1 heading to a district meeting. As a driver who was traveling southbound attempted to slow his vehicle, the brakes grabbed, causing his vehicle to strike the side of the officer's vehicle.

Investigator Fletcher and the other driver were killed instantly and Investigator Bunting died as a result of his injuries six days later.

Investigator Bunting had served with the Illinois Department of Conservation for four years.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Sunday, February 17, 1957

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Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice to the natural resources and people of the state of Illinois.

CPO Todd Semenik
IDNR Conservation Police

February 23, 2019

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