Sheriff’s Office recognizes Deputy Whittier on National Peace Officers Memorial Day

Posted 15 May 2021 at 9:20 am

Deputy David H. Whittier – End of Watch, September 8, 1989. Whittier was on routine road patrol when he came upon an unoccupied pickup truck on Gaines Basin Road on Jan. 19, 1989. While Whittier was inspecting the truck, he was hit by a drunk driver and then dragged about 100 feet. He survived the accident and remained in the hospital until April 1989. After being home for a few months, his condition did not improve. He had contracted cancer, which doctors said was trauma induced. Doctors said his immune system was too compromised due to injuries sustained from the accident. Whittier was 41 when he died on Sept. 8, 1989. About 700 people, including police officers around the state, attended his funeral in Clarendon at the Disciples United Methodist Church.

Press Release, Sheriff Chris Bourke

In 1989 Deputy David H. Whittier had succumbed to injuries sustained earlier in the year when he was struck by a drunk driver while on duty. During the collision, Deputy Whittier was pinned between an abandoned vehicle and the suspect’s vehicle.

Deputy Whittier will always be remembered for his sacrifice, diligence, dedication and service to our community.

He was survived by his wife Connie, and two children, Kellie and Thad. The Whittier family continues to remain in our thought and prayers.

Badge # 144 will always be remembered.