A Pennsylvania Game Commission state game warden who died in the line-of-duty will be added to the agency’s Fallen Officers Memorial at the Harrisburg headquarters and to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
District Game Protector Robert E. Zimmerman, 35, of Shiremanstown, Cumberland County, was killed May 13, 1957, in a vehicular accident on Route 11 near Danville. His death was uncovered by staff in an old Pennsylvania Game News magazine.
Zimmerman will be added to the Game Commission’s Fallen Officers Memorial at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony on May 11 at the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters. His name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 13 during National Police Week.
Zimmerman is the 10th Game Commission officer to be added to the memorials.
Zimmerman was trained at the original Ross Leffler School of Conservation, near Brockway, in the wilds of Jefferson County. He was heading to his first field-duty station in Wayne County to begin work as a game protector at the time he was killed. Zimmerman served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He ran a Shiremanstown service station before joining the Game Commission.
Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans said he is pleased Zimmerman will finally get the recognition he deserves for his commitment to wildlife conservation.
“Game Protector Zimmerman served to protect Pennsylvania’s wildlife,” Burhans said. “Like the family of this fine man, the Game Commission is proud of his service and accomplishments, and grateful for the ultimate sacrifice he made in the advancement of wildlife conservation. It is fitting his memory will be recognized forevermore at the agency’s Harrisburg Headquarters and in Washington, D.C., at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.”