Blue Friday of New York

Honoring Those Who Protect and Serve

New York State Environmental Conservation Police

End of Watch: June 24, 1961 

Game Protector Benning De La MaterNew York State Environmental Conservation Police

Game Protector De La Mater drowned when his boat capsized while patrolling the Hudson river near Federal Dam in Albany County.

Game Protector De La Mater had been with the agency for 12 years.

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End of Watch: November 16, 1944 

Game Protector Clarence J. WebsterNew York State Environmental Conservation Police

Game Protector Webster, who was assigned to Washington County, was killed in an automobile accident while on duty.

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End of Watch: October 16, 1932 

Game Protector Paul J. De CuennoisNew York State Environmental Conservation Police

Game Protector De Cuennois fell from his canoe and drowned while patrolling Jabes Pond in Washington County.

Game Protector De Cuennois had been with the agency for one year.

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End of Watch: November 27, 1919 

Game Protector John H. WoodruffNew York State Environmental Conservation Police

Game Protector Woodruff was killed when an unknown suspect struck him in the head with a heavy weapon.

Protector Woodruff left his home on November 27, 1919 to patrol in Schenectady County. When he did not return from duty that night, search parties were sent out. They were unable to locate Protector Woodruff and his fate was unknown until April 4, 1921 when his remains were discovered in a hole near a creek bed. His revolver was missing. A corner ruled the death a murder. This case was never solved.

Game Protector Woodruff was survived by his wife.

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End of Watch On This Date

November 29, 1971 

Sergeant Michael F. McNeil, Jr.Albany Police Department

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