Lieutenant James LaDow Davis

Lieutenant James LaDow Davis

Ocean Shores Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, April 26, 1998

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James LaDow Davis

Lieutenant James Davis died during a rescue of a stranded surfer.

Lieutenant Davis and three other members of the Ocean Shores Police Surf Rescue Team had gone out in the 10 to 12-foot swells in two separate boats. His inflatable boat capsized, and both occupants were thrown into the water. He was brought ashore by the US Coast Guard but was not breathing. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. All of the other people involved were rescued.

Lieutenant Davis had served with the Ocean Shores Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 4A3

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Lt. Davis,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ocean Shores. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 26, 2023

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