Captain John M. Garlington

Captain John M. Garlington

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana

End of Watch Thursday, February 10, 2000

John M. Garlington

Captain John Garlington drowned while investigating a report of illegal gill net fishing near his home on the Mill Creek Reservoir in Bienville Parish.

He responded to the report at approximately 0300 hours, approximately 100 yards from his home. Other officers became concerned after not hearing back from him for several hours. They began a search of the area and located his body four days later, approximately 150 yards from his home.
Before beginning his career in law enforcement, Captain Garlington played professional football for the Cleveland Browns.

He had been employed with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for 14 years.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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I worked with John on many assignments and I thought the world of him. I know John to be honest, a great agent, a Hugh presence, and the best back up you could ask for as an officer. All while maintaining humility. When he was promoted to Captain, we in the field felt a real void among us but at the same time knew his integrity was an asset to HQ's.

Desi Fulmer
LDWF (retired)

November 12, 2012

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