Farmingdale, NY - October 8, 2015 - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement is hosting a graveside memorial ceremony in honor of Game Protector (GP) William T. Cramer. Game Protectors, established in 1880 by Governor Alonzo Cornell to protect New York’s natural resources, were the predecessors of today’s Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) in New York State. GP Cramer was fatally shot at the age of 42 on September 28, 1929, after attempting to apprehend illegal bird hunters while patrolling Idlewild Woods near present day JFK Airport.
In recognition of Game Protector Cramer’s unwavering sacrifice and devotion to duty, his name was added to the fallen officer’s memorial wall in Albany during the Police Officers Remembrance Ceremony on May 5, 2015, nearly 86 years after his passing. Attended by Governor Cuomo and other dignitaries, the Police Memorial in Albany is an annual ceremony to honor officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
To further honor and recognize GP Cramer’s dedication to protecting the natural resources of New York State, a ceremony will be held in his honor by DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement at his gravesite at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Graveside memorial ceremony and reception in honor of Fallen Game Protector William Cramer
Director Joseph Schneider, Director DEC Division of Law Enforcement
DEC Assistant Deputy Commissioner Chris Ballantyne
NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright
DEC Region 1 Director Carrie Meek Gallagher
Major Timothy Huss, Division of Law Enforcement Southern District
Region 1 Law Enforcement Captain Dallas Bengel
David Corr, the Joseph D. Corr Foundation
October 12, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.
Graveside at Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY
Attached: Map of the cemetery and directions
DEC Contact: Bill Fonda or Aphrodite Montalvo at (631) 444-0350. Day of Event – (516) 808-2731.