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Lost Sacrifice

MAGINE MAKING THE GRADE to become a Pennsylvania game warden,
enduring the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in the wilds of 1950s Jefferson County, making it through your field assignment with a veteran officer,
and then, on the way to your first duty station, proudly wearing your hard-earned
uniform, an accident with a tractor-trailer in the fog instantly takes your life.
That's exactly what happened to 35-year-old District Game Protector Robert
Zimmerman on May 13, 1957, on a stretch of Route 11 near Danville. This longago tragedy recently was brought to light by Northeast Region Information and
Education Supervisor Bill Williams, who found Zimmerman's In Memoriam
listing in the June 1957 Pennsylvania Game News.
After consulting with Chad Eyler, an agency Bureau of Wildlife Protection
staffer who has led efforts to have the names of several former agency officers
enshrined on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington,
D.C., it became apparent Zimmerman's line-of-duty death had slipped through
the generational cracks that occur in all workplaces when workforces turn over.
A member of the School's 8th Class, Zimmerman ran a service station in
Shiremanstown before becoming a member of The Thin Green Line. His love of
the outdoors pulled him into the service of the Commonwealth as a game warden.
But he hardly had a chance to make a difference.
Sixty years after his tragedy, the Game Commission has advanced an application to have Zimmerman's name enshrined on the national memorial. Started in
1984, it lists the names of more than 21,000 officers who have fallen in the line
of duty.
Zimmerman seems a slam-dunk candidate given the circumstances. But regardless the outcome, Zimmerman is another conservation hero recently brought
to light who surely should have the respect of every person who cares about
Pennsylvania wildlife.
The passage of time has hidden his commitment to wildlife, to law and order,
to serving Pennsylvanians. It's a sad story to be sure. But now more of us know
it. Now more of us can share it. Robert Zimmerman mattered, even if he didn't
have much time to prove it.
Thankfully, Zimmerman's daughter Carolyn has been found and informed that
her father's good name could be chiseled into the company of some of America's
finest men and women, his ultimate sacrifice acknowledged for eternity. She is
grateful. Here's to hoping this fallen officer receives his overdue just due. He's
more than earned it.

Joe Kosack
MARCH 2018	

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