Reserve Deputy Sheriff Charles J. Banning

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Charles J. Banning

Kern County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Wednesday, October 23, 1974

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Charles J. Banning

Reserve Deputy Charles Banning drowned attempting to recover a vehicle from a canal. He had recovered a body from the submerged vehicle and returned to the car to attach a tow hook. After surfacing an called to those on the bank to retrieve the car he suddenly went under again and failed to surface.

Two detectives immediately dove into the canal but could not locate him. His body was pulled from the canal by a special deputy a short time later.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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