Pennsylvania Game News - January 2021 - 32

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LL DAY AND NIGHT have been leading to this hour and minute - 10:38
p.m. Exactly 10 years earlier, along this same quiet, country road,
Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove radioed dispatch that he'd
just pulled over a pickup driven by a suspected deer poacher. It would be
the last time his voice crackled over the airwaves. In an arrest attempt
moments later, the poacher drew a handgun, setting off a firefight in
which Grove was shot four times and fatally wounded.
Tonight, the roadside memorial to Grove is illuminated by a single light,
beaming down from a pop-up canopy that would serve as an umbrella
if the heavy rains from earlier in the day returned. Alongside the granite
marker are wreaths and flags, and at its base an unopened bag of Doritos
and a sealed 2-liter bottle of Mountain Dew - homage to the officer's
insatiable appetite and frequent snacking. Four members of the Game
Commission's Ceremonial Unit stand guard. The Grove family is beneath
another canopy, across the road from the monument.
What's coming appears first as a flicker, like lightning flashing in the
distance. But instead of disappearing the next instant, it becomes stronger,
steadier as it approaches, highlighted by subtle shades of pink and purple.
When the first patrol vehicle rounds the bend - gleaming bright as the
sun - then the next, and dozens and dozens more, all glowing in the fog,
pulsating radiant red, white and blue, the awaited moment has come.
The procession passes by. Game Wardens. Waterways Conservation
Officers. DCNR Park Rangers. Local police and firefighters. All here on a
holiday. All paying their respects to an officer who more often than not
drew smiles from colleagues and those he checked in the field; one who
bravely died protecting Pennsylvania's wildlife; who loved his job and
who made a difference.
Throughout the event-filled day leading up to this procession, many
who talked about Grove and this somber, but important, anniversary
would say exactly the same thing: " It's hard to believe it's been 10 years. "
Standing before the memorial after the vehicle procession had moved
through, Grove's mother, Lucy, said this Nov. 11 seemed to pass a little
harder than some.
About two hours earlier, before the canopies were popped up and
chairs set out, a lone police cruiser sat idling in front of the monument.
The officer inside comes here every year on the anniversary, to remember.
While darkness long had fallen, the vehicle's spotlight lit up the plaque
and the text that appears at the bottom.
" When Someone You Love Becomes A Memory. The Memory Becomes
A Treasure. We Have Not Met For The Last Time. "
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