Reserve Deputy David Allen McCollum

Reserve Deputy David Allen McCollum

Bradley County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, September 16, 1989

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David Allen McCollum

Reserve Deputy David McCollum was killed during a rescue attempt in Meigs County while assisting the Cleveland / Bradley County Rescue Service.

Deputy McCollum had been lowered by rope into a 45-foot well to check on the condition of two men at the bottom. It was believed that the men had fallen into the well, however, it was later determined that they had been overcome by carbon monoxide after placing a gasoline powered pump at the bottom to remove water. Deputy McCollum was able to provide a status of their condition before he too became overcome by the carbon monoxide.

He was pulled from the well but died while being flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins


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