Game Protector William T. Cramer

Game Protector William T. Cramer

New York State Environmental Conservation Police, New York

End of Watch Sunday, September 22, 1929

William T. Cramer

Game Protector Cramer was shot and killed while he and his partner investigated gunfire in the Idlewild Woods in Queens County, near present day JFK Airport. The two officers had just arrested a man for possessing illegal song birds when they heard a gunshot nearby. When they went to investigate the original suspect shouted warnings to the others, resulting in a series of gun shots.
Game Protector Cramer was struck in the face with a shotgun blast and killed instantly. His partner was severely beaten by the suspects but survived. The suspect was arrested and convicted of second degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life in Sing Sing Prison.
Seven years earlier Game Protector Cramer was shot and wounded three times after being beaten by two suspects. His wounds at that time were considered life threatening but he made a full recovery and returned to duty.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I said a little prayer today for Game Protector Cramer and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

September 20, 2013

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