Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Fish Warden William Etheldred Shoemaker

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, September 22, 1921

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Reflections for Fish Warden William Etheldred Shoemaker

My condolences to his late family

Carson loveless

January 31, 2024

Warden Shoemaker,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania.


United States Border Patrol

September 22, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 22, 2020

As a current DWCO with the PFBC since 1985 I truly appreciate Warden Shoemaker's dedication and service in protecting the environmental resources of PA. As most people probably know conservation officers patrol in secluded environs and usually without backup readily available. It takes a brave, conscientious and dedicated individual like Warden Shoemaker to perform the duties of a conservation officer and sadly his life ended due to a tragic, thoughtless incident.

Dave Eichler, Deputy WCO
PA Fish & Boat Commission

December 27, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 91rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 22, 2012



September 22, 2007

We'll always remember you. Rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 22, 2007

You could have easily looked the other way that night as you were on your way home after a days work, but instead you chose to go the extra mile in the course of your duties and for that you paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you and you will always be remembered.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 22, 2006

Warden shoemaker. I just finished reading your story and as someone who is just beginning his career in law enforcement in bradford county your story reminds me that it can happen here too. I believe you were the first officer in Bradford county to give his life for the job, and two years ago this county lost two more friends and in March of this year I lost a very good friend in the line of duty. I just hope I can gain the respect all who have given their lives before me.

Deputy Constable John Raub
Pa state constable

April 22, 2006

My grandfather L. Ray Dolan lived and farmed in Herrick Township near in the area where you worked. He was a young man just starting out his career when you died so tragically. Your story has not been forgotten, you were a legend among my grandfather's generation. I know the spot where you fought your fight, at the base of Spring Hill, near the crossroad known as the Turkey Path. When I return to Bradford County, I drive by and I remember. I have told the story to my son, and he will tell the story to his children too.

We appreciate your sacrifice, and may the Lord bless and keep your family and friends. My the Lord also bless all the the Pennsylvania Fish Wardens

FR Gublo, 24th MP CO, Game Warden Office
Fort Stewart, GA 1984-85

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