Game Warden William J. Nattkemper

Game Warden William J. Nattkemper

Indiana Department of Conservation, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, April 27, 1926

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William J. Nattkemper

Game Warden William Nattkemper and Game Warden William Peare drowned in the Wabash River at Tecumseh, north of Terre Haute, after their boat took on water and capsized.

The two wardens, along with three others wardens, had just investigated the sound of gunshots and were returning upstream when the accident occurred. The other three wardens were able to swim to safety.

Game Warden Nattkemper had served with the Indiana Department of Conservation for five years.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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You sir are revered, the sacrifices law enforcement make to protect the public are often not fully realized until such tragic moments- you made the ultimate sacrifice & your memory is a constant reminder of the sacrifices leo’s Make day in & day out. Thank you sir.

Sgt. Mike smith
Indiana state police

April 27, 2018

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