Patrol Officer David T. Childs

Patrol Officer David T. Childs

Kentucky Water Patrol, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, April 8, 1972

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David T. Childs

Patrol Officer David Childs and Trooper James McNeely, of the Kentucky State Police, drowned when their boat went over Dam 4 on the Kentucky River.

The officers were searching for two missing juveniles when the accident occurred.

Officer Childs had served with the Kentucky Water Patrol for five years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue, weather

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Thank you sir for your courage and dedication. Not everyone can do the work you did. But you stepped up and we all are very proud to have had you out there. You will always have a special place in our hearts. Rest in the arms of our lord. One day when I get up there I want to shake your hand

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April 2, 2022

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