September 29, 2003
Volume 33, Number 268
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Maria Taylor, Communications, cell
(302) 632-1078 or office , phone: (302) 739-4506
DNREC Mourns the Loss of Fish and Wildlife Employee Harry
Harry Schellenger, a native of Lewes, Del., died in a drowning incident
today while working in the wetlands of the Little Assawoman Bay and Wildlife
Area. He was 53.
Mr. Schellenger was a Conservation Technician IV with DNREC's Division of
Fish and Wildlife where he has been employed for 25 years. Mr. Schellenger
was conducting routine inspection and maintenance activities on duck blinds
in the Assawoman Wildlife Area where he is stationed.
According to the State Police, three DNREC employees were working on a duck
blind when their boat started to drift out into the water. Mr. Schellenger
took off his boots and began swimming out to the boat to try and recover it.
He went under the water and never resurfaced. His body was found
approximately an hour later in marsh grass 20 yards away. He was pronounced
dead at the scene, and his body was turned over to the Medical Examiners
office to determine the exact cause of death.
Delaware State Police, who are investigating the incident, reported that the
drowning occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m. this morning at Mulberry
Landing and that proper notification was made to the family late this
"This loss is both tragic and unsettling," said John A. Hughes Secretary of
DNREC. ”We grieve his loss and extend our heartfelt condolences to all of
his family and friends."
Mr. Schellenger began his long career with DNREC as a seasonal Fish and
Wildlife employee and was permanently hired by the Division on April 1,
"He was a respected and well-liked employee who helped to manage our
wildlife resources in Delaware," said Pat Emory, Director of Fish and
Wildlife. "He will be greatly missed by the community and by DNREC."
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