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Campus mourns the death of slain alumnus, David L. Grove

11/15/2010 —

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 November 11, 2010. A wildlife conservation officer, Grove attended the campus from 2000 to 2002 before completing his bachelor’s degree in wildlife 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 November 7, 1915.

Dr. 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 Dr. David Gnage, chancellor. “Penn State Mont Alto was proud to call David our alumnus and we remember him fondly.”

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