Patrolman Daniel David Trail

Patrolman Daniel David Trail

Beloit Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, June 25, 1995

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Daniel David Trail

Patrolman Daniel Trail drowned while attempting to rescue a group of teenagers from the Solomon River around 7 pm.

The group of teenagers had been drinking and decided to go tubing. The river was extremely rough, and the group got stuck in rapids after going over a damn in Chautauqua Park. Officer Trail and a local firefighter attempted a rescue, but they both fell in. The firefighter survived the incident. Officer Trail's body was not found for several days.

No charges were filed against the group of drunk teenagers.

Officer Trail had served with the Beloit Police Department for two months and previously served with the Atwood Police Department and Colby Police Department. He is survived by his mother, father, sister, and two brothers.

He is buried at Atwood Fairview Cemetery in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 607

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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I so vividly remember getting the news that you were gone! A flood of emotions that are hard to put into words. We grew up together in our small Kansas town. Shared laughter, tears, friendship and love! Your heart was so good and honest. You loved helping others and when I heard about how you had passed it didn't really surprise me. You only wanted to save those kids. We have our memories and I'll always hold them dear. You my friend and classmate were simply one of a kind. As I write this the words of our 8th grade graduation song play in my head, "Come Sail Away". You've sailed on my friend and I feel you are now watching over us from the heavens and gently reminding us that life is good and love is all we need. Love you always my friend!

Dianne Hestermann Vap

June 26, 2023

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