Penn State Mourns the Death of Slain Alumnus, David L. Grove

Posted: November 17, 2010

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of 2004 Wildlife and Fisheries Science graduate David L. Grove, who was killed in the line of duty on November 11.

Penn State mourns the death of slain alumnus, David L. Grove

Monday, November 15, 2010

Penn State Mont Alto is mourning the loss of one of its alums, David L. Grove, who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 11. A wildlife conservation officer, Grove attended the campus from 2000 to 2002 before completing his bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences from the College of Agricultural Sciences at University Park in 2004. He was shot and killed while arresting a suspected poacher in Adams County. According to a Pennsylvania Game Commission press release, the last time a game commission officer was killed in the line of duty was Nov. 7, 1915.

Beth Brantley, forestry faculty at Mont Alto, recalls inviting Grove to campus in September 2009 as a guest speaker. “David spoke with the freshmen forest technology students about his career as a WCO and the steps he took to get there.” says Brantley. “I had the opportunity to work with David while he was a student here at Mont Alto. He was an extraordinary young man -- very bright, inquisitive, positive, ethical. He will be missed.”

“Our thoughts are with the Grove family during this difficult time,” said David Gnage, chancellor. “Penn State Mont Alto is proud to call David our alumnus and we remember him fondly.”

Walter "Deet" James, now a hunting heritage biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, was a Penn State classmate of Grove's in the School of Forest Resources at University Park. The two were roommates while living and working together at Penn State's Deer Research Facility (commonly referred to as the Deer Pens).

"David and I attended classes together, worked together and went fishing a few times as well," James said. "We talked about hunting a lot, and I knew right from the start his passion for becoming a full-time wildlife conservation officer. David was kind to every person he met and was able to joke with people without being condescending, rude or hurtful. I never heard David utter a curse word and he was extremely slow to anger; he was very patient and compassionate with others.

"He loved what he was doing, and as far as I'm concerned, his overall demeanor was perfect for his chosen profession; they just don't come any better than David," James continued. "I am very saddened by the loss of such a great person and friend."

Contact Kristie Fry 717-749-6112

Notice of Memorial Services for David L. Grove

David's viewing will be held on Friday, November 19,  1 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home located at 50 S. Broad Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268;  phone (717) 762-2811.

David's funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 21 at 2 p.m. at the Waynesboro Sr. High School located at 550 E. 2nd Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268.

For anyone wishing to send condolences or notes of sympathy to David's family, the address is: Mr. and Mrs. Dana Grove, 5560 Iron Bridge Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268.

FOP Conservation Police Officer Lodge # 114 has established an account for anyone wishing to make a contribution to WCO Grove's family to assist with the immediate expenses associated in David's passing. Contributions can be sent to FOP Conservation Police Officer Lodge #114, WCO David Grove Memorial Fund, 2445 Waldman Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701.