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TPWD News Release — May 17, 2004

Game Warden Memorial Honors Wesley Wagstaff

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently honored a fallen employee at the game warden memorial here. Game Warden Wesley Wagstaff was killed in a head-on collision while responding to a poaching call in Hardin County Aug. 5, 2003. TPWD added his name to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center memorial May 12.

Wagstaff graduated from the 43rd game warden cadet class in 1993 and was initially assigned to Harris County. Wagstaff is the 15th game warden to die in the line of duty since 1919.

Each day, nearly 500 Texas game wardens protect the state’s natural resources and citizens, and a bronze life-size statue at the fisheries center honors those who have lost their lives while serving the state. Texas and American flags flank the game warden statue.

Visit the TPWD Web site for more information on game wardens killed in the line of duty (