Water Officer Remembered In Frankfort Ceremony

Jun 17, 2014

A KSP water patrol officer who died more than 40 years ago searching for two missing teenagers in Frankfort has been remembered during a ceremony.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer (left) presented a flag to Frankfort resident Roy Childs in memory of his father, Water Patrol Officer David Childs, who lost his life with Trooper James McNeely on April 8, 1972 in a boating accident on the Kentucky River near the Lock 4 dam while searching for two teens reported missing on a canoe trip.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer (left) presented a flag to Frankfort resident Roy Childs in memory of his father, Water Patrol Officer David Childs, who lost his life with Trooper James McNeely on April 8, 1972 in a boating accident on the Kentucky River near the Lock 4 dam while searching for two teens reported missing on a canoe trip.
Credit Kentucky State Police

State police Commissioner Rodney Brewer presented a flag to Roy Childs of Frankfort on Monday in memory of his father, David Thomas Childs. David Thomas Childs died with Trooper James McNeely in April 1972 as they searched for two Louisville teenagers reported missing on a canoe trip.

The officers' boat was swept over the Lock 4 dam in Frankfort by a swift current. The missing teens were eventually found unhurt.

State police assumed responsibility for enforcing boating safety laws in 1968. That was transferred to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in November 1972.