Game Warden Elmer Leon Nonnast

Game Warden Elmer Leon Nonnast

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism - Law Enforcement Division, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, May 8, 1974

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Elmer Leon Nonnast

Game Warden Elmer Nonnast suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit of a fisherman who was illegally fishing in the Arkansas River.

After returning from the foot pursuit Warden Nonnast became involved in an argument with the other suspects that had been apprehended.

He collapsed and was taken to a local hospital where he passed away.

Warden Nonnast, who served six years in law enforcement, was also a U.S. Army Ranger. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War.

He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 227
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

foot pursuit, poacher

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Warden Nonnast,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer it for our Country as well when you served as a U.S. Army Ranger during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Rangers Lead The Way!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

May 8, 2024

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