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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CO Driscoll your sacrifice is not forgotten as we come off of the most unique Police Memorial week since its inception. We hold the line and continue to honor our fallen. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. I hope the woods and waters of heaven are plentiful.

Conservation Officer Dekker
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks

May 24, 2020

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