Conservation Officer George Bernard Driscoll

Conservation Officer George Bernard Driscoll

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, South Dakota

End of Watch Sunday, April 26, 1964

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George Bernard Driscoll

Conservation Officer George Driscoll drowned while attempting to retrieve his boat near the Orman Dam near Belle Fourche.

He was working with another department employee netting game fish to collect spawn near Gardens Point. They were on the shore when Officer Driscoll noticed that their boat had drifted back into the lake. Even though he was wearing chest waders, he entered the water in an attempt to retrieve the boat. The water was deeper than he expected and the weight of the water that entered his waders prevented him from getting back to the surface.

Others who were at the scene attempted to rescue him but were unsuccessful.

Officer Driscoll was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WWII and had served with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, and sister.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

wildlife management

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Officer Driscoll,
On today, the 60th 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 U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 26, 2024

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