Officer Memorial

Officer Benning W. DeLaMater

State Conservation Officer - Assigned to Albany County, Appointed July 1, 1949

Died in the line of duty June 24, 1961

Conservation Officer DeLaMater served in Albany County for twelve years. On June 24, 1961, while patrolling the Hudson River near the Federal Dam at Troy, his boat capsized and he drowned. The 1961 Annual Report to the Legislature states; ". . . he was a loyal and faithful public servant. 'Benny', as he was known to most people, was a rugged individualist in his every endeavor; however, he was also a warm hearted sentimentalist and a good friend to have. His enthusiasm was contagious."