Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Game Warden Arnold J. Magoon

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Vermont

End of Watch Thursday, April 27, 1978

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Reflections for Game Warden Arnold J. Magoon

Thank you for your service and sacrifice and rest in peace knowing that your sacrifice will always be remembered.

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

July 31, 2020

I remember this night so well! A man doing his job as the professional he was , killed by a coward! The individuals with this coward were cowards also. They all disgraced the town we were all born in. Brought disgrace to their families not to mention themselves!
Thank you Arnold for the example you always portrayed of bravery and honor! For your love of our wildlife and desire for it to be shared with the youth that have followed us!
All honor to you and your family. Deepest respect always!

TSgt Douglas J Westcott

April 27, 2020

For so many years a day I shall never forget. May you forever rest in peace.

Kenneth Patterson

April 27, 2020

Rest In Peace Sir! You are not forgotten!

Maj (R) Judy Valente
US Army

April 27, 2020

my name is larry fifield, son of richard fifield who was a vt game warden and friend of mr. magoon when this tradgety happened. I remember meeting many of the vt wardens at one time or another during that time period, including: walt cabell, kent haskell, bruce dawson, al blow, mr. dockum, mr. dizatell & don collins. They all were the real deal! I had tremendous respect for all of them. I am now 70 but it does not seem tht long ago that Vt lost a very professional & dedicated warden.

larry r. fifield

March 17, 2020

Unfortunately I remember this. My uncle Kent Haskell was a warden at the time in Calidonia County. Prayers for his family and friends.

Former USMC
United States Marine Corp

April 27, 2019

RIP Uncle Arnold
I was very little when we moved away so I never knew you!
My Thoughts and Prayers go out to your Family.
Thank You For Your Service to the State of Vermont.

Wendy E Magoon/Ryan-White-Hornberger

April 28, 2018

Game Warden Magoon,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Vermont. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 27, 2018

Think of you and other men like you often. When sounds of my day have waned away and things are finally quiet we can all enjoy what you fought for so many years ago. The hoot of a Barred Owl dusk or "blow" of an old Doe at dawn telling you she knows you're there. Sorry you had to give your life but it was not in vain for you were protecting what we all love so much and we are so truly grateful. Blessed are the men like you who wear the green. They are blessed to see and hear what others don't when others wont or choose not to. It's their loss. Rest easy man in green and take a walk with those that are with you.

Chip McKnight
Lifelong friend of VTF&GSon of VT963

April 17, 2018

RIP Warden Magoon.

Charlie Morse

February 22, 2018

38 years lost to a man doing his job protecting wildlife. RIP Warden Magoon. Such a lose.

Larry Stahler retired Deputy Warden
Vermont fish & Wildlife

April 29, 2017

It has now been 38 years. The animal responsible proved that your life was worth less than a deer's. I hope he faced true justice in the end.

Thank you for your service and may God Bless you as you rest in eternal peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

April 27, 2016

Many thanks for your courage and dedication to our country's law enforcement. RIP

John Haseltine - Civilian

April 17, 2016

Game Warden Magoon, you must be related to a Dr. Robert Magoon, a Miami, Florida eye surgeon. Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 8, 2016

Rest on, Warden. For some reason I still remember you close to forty years later.

COL Jonathan coffin
U. S. Army

September 13, 2015

Rest in peace Game Warden Magoon. Thanks for your courage.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 27, 2015

I saw the vehicle at the Vt Police Academy the following year while taking my PD Cadet entrance Exam there for the Richmond Vt Police Dept.

R.H. Bezio
Past Member Richmond Vt Police Dept

April 27, 2015

The man who did this to officer Magoon should have served a life sentence. He caused endless grief for his family and community. May he rest in peace.

Frances Rouse

April 28, 2014

Dear Lorraine and Woody, I remember when this happened, and was as sad then, as I am today. Because I grew up in the area, I know the circumstances. My heart goes out to you now, as it did then. I am so sorry this happened. A huge piece of the world was taken away that night. God Bless You!

Colleen Conway

April 28, 2014

Thank you all for the wonderful comments. Woody, Arnold's son, read them all and was so very touched. He misses hid dad every day. It was a tragic loss for him

Sheryl Magoon
Daughter in law

April 27, 2014

I remember when this happened. I was almost eight years old and my father was a Deputy Game Warden in the southern part of the state. I'll never forget the eery quiet that fell over the house when my father learned of Warden Magoon's murder.

In an ironic twist - The man that killed Magoon had been one of very few survivors of a major plane crash and was regarded as a hero by the towns people, until the night of the murder. Then he became so hated by the towns people that he had to be moved for his own safety. Never knew what ended up happening to him.

Sgt. William Frank
Bellows Falls (VT) PD

April 27, 2014

Rest in peace Game Warden Magoon.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 27, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

February 14, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 34th 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 who was murdered in the 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

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

May 13, 2012

Thoughts of Warden Magoon's ultimate sacrifice is recognized by the Princeton, NJ Police Department.

Lt. Robert Currier
Princeton Borough P.D.

May 9, 2012

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