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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 Schellenger

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 afternoon.

"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, 1982.

"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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