Minnesota –-(Ammoland.com)-As part of National Law Enforcement Memorial Week in May, conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources placed wreaths at cemeteries across the state to honor the 14 Minnesota conservation officers who have died in the line of duty since 1922.
Recently it was discovered that a 15th conservation officer died in the line of duty in 1941.
Charles V. Masoner, a long-time game warden in Bemidji, died of a heart attack at the age of 50 after assisting feeding deer at Itasca State Park. Following a memorial service in Bemidji, Masoner, a World War I veteran, was buried in his hometown of Cache, Oklahoma.
This was discovered by retired conservation officer Jeff Thielen in his capacity as the executive director of the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley while talking to museum board member, Betty Masoner. Masoner, 88, of Bemidji, is the daughter of Charles Masoner.
“When she told me her father was a deceased game warden, the name didn’t ring a bell. I thought she was mistaken,” Thielen said.
Thielen changed his mind once he put Becky Putzke, a retired police officer …read more