On Nov. 11, 2010, my fiance ("to be" at that time) PA Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove responded to a poaching call near Gettysburg, PA. The poacher is a felon and should not have been in possession of any firearms. Several shots were fired and WCO Grove was shot 4 times with a fatal shot to the lower back of the neck area. The poacher had a gun shot wound to the hip area and was taken to the hospital the following morning after being apprehended by police. The D.A. is seeking the death penalty and the trial is scheduled to begin in Jan. 2012.
This has forever changed my life. I am thankful for the time we had together and will cherish the memories forever. WCO Grove's life is a true testimony and his Christian witness still carries on today through lives he touched. He had a passion for being a WCO which was very evident to those who knew him. We would have been married 9.10.11. Now I look forward to that glorious reunion in Heaven. Until we meet again, my love!
I am walking in this C.O.P.S walk in honor and memory of WCO Grove, along with all who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I am extremely grateful for the COPS organization and how they help survivors. I attended the National Police Week in DC May 2011 where WCO Grove's name joined the memorial wall. I was able to meet other fiance's/significant others and share in their experiences. I also had the opportunity to attend the C.O.P.S fiance/SO retreat in Aug. This was held at the beautiful Trout Lodge in Potosi, MO. A COPS counselor and other staff were there to help.
The upcoming walk will bring together survivors, friends, and members of the law enforcement community who will take the challenge of walking 25 miles in 2 days to support C.O.P.S. Our goal is to ensure C.O.P.S continues helping those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty and provide opportunities for those survivors to rebuild shattered lives. All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible!
This is a great cause and organization and I would truly appreciate your support!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!