Patrolman Robert G. Beghtol

Patrolman Robert G. Beghtol

Arvada Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, July 28, 1961

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Robert G. Beghtol

Patrolman Robert Beghtol drowned while conducting an underwater scuba exercise with other members of the agency's scuba team.

They were diving in a deep gravel pit when Patrolman Beghtol incurred cramps due to the cold water. His equipment then became entangled with debris in the bottom of the pit, preventing him from surfacing.

Patrolman Beghtol had served with the Arvada Police Department for 2-1/2 years. His grandfather was the first uniformed policeman to serve full-time on the agency. He was survived by his wife, four sons, parents, sister, and grandparents.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

dive training

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Patrolman Beghtol,
Even though it’s been over 60 years since since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Arvada. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy


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September 25, 2021

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