Conservation Officer Denver Earlington Tabor

Conservation Officer Denver Earlington Tabor

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, July 20, 1973

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Denver Earlington Tabor

Conservation Officer Denver Tabor drowned while attempting to rescue a boy who had fallen overboard from a boat in the Ohio River near Dam 50.

Officer Tabor and another conservation officer had taken the other officer's grandson on their boat. The boy was thrown overboard when the boat struck a floating stump. Officer Tabor dove into the water and was bringing the boy back to the boat when both got caught in an eddy and were dragged below the surface. Both bodies were recovered the following day.

Officer Tabor was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for eight years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, mother, and two siblings.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Officer Tabor,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

July 20, 2023

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