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Deputy Game Warden John W. Hollowell

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, August 30, 1930

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Reflections for Deputy Game Warden John W. Hollowell

Deputy Game Warden Hollowell,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of North Carolina. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 30, 2020

A pardon after barely two years of prison for murdering a LEO is certainly not justice, but hopefully they faced a higher justice at a later time in a different place. 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)

August 30, 2020

My father, born in 1922 in SE Virginia, was also named John W. Hollowell, and I wonder if there could be a relationship here, given that the Hollowell family settled in North Carolina and Virginia. Tragic that this John Hollowell died so young, doing his job, and as a result of a family altercation. Thank you to all who honor him. I will keep him in my prayers.

Heather Hollowell
Possible relative

April 8, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Game Warden Hollowell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 30, 2019

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2015

We had a Bridge Dedication Ceremony for Officer Hollowell On July 15th, 2014. I am a Forester with the NC Forest Service, and Mr. Hollowell was also a forest ranger in addition to being a game warden. I had never heard of him or his story. More than likely, this bridge dedication would never have happened had it not been for the death of another officer in our county in 2002. Deputy Richard Ashley was killed in a plane crash while looking for cannabis fields. Sheriff Fred Spruill (now retired) thought Deputy Ashley was the first to die in the line of duty in our county. During his research, he stumbled upon Mr. Hollowell's story. Once he had secured a bridge to be named for Deputy Ashley, he started working on one for Officer Hollowell.

Assistant District Forester Cabe Speary
NC Forest Service

July 21, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

It absolutely sickens me that you were beaten to death over something so minor as a fishing violation. Nothing would have justified your murder, but for someone to beat a man to death rather than accepting responsibility for a fishing violation defies my understanding.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 21, 2013

Deputy Warden Hollowell,
Sir, It has taken over 82 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the ctizens of the state of North Carolina.


United States Border Patrol

October 23, 2012

May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. Rest easy Sir.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

October 22, 2012

Warden Hollowell, thank you for your service to the State of NC. You made the ultimate sacrifice trying to protect God's creatures who cannot protect themselves. That speaks volumes about your character. Rest in Peace, Sir.

NC Citizen

October 19, 2012

Thank you for doing your part to make America safer.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

October 18, 2012

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