Patrol Officer David T. Childs

Patrol Officer David T. Childs

Kentucky Water Patrol, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, April 8, 1972

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

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Officer Childs,
On today, the 45th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow LEO who was also killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Kentucky. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 8, 2017

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