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 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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I never knew you but it sounds like you were a top notch kind of guy. Someone I would have loved to know and hang out with. We will one day when I get up there. Rest in peace sir. You will never be forgotten

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February 25, 2022

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