KDH patrol officers rescue 6-year-old boy from pond 

By on August 25, 2023

Kill Devil Hills patrol officers Joey Delmonte and Austin Gray.

Child transported to OBX Hospital, expected to fully recover

(Kill Devil Hills Police)

On the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 25, Kill Devil Hills Police released this account of a dramatic rescue earlier in the day.

Tragedy was narrowly avoided today after two Kill Devil Hills police officers rescued a 6-year-old child from a pond in the area of Bermuda Bay. According to Kill Devil Hills Police Captain John Towler, the boy will make a full recovery.

On Friday, Aug. 25, at approximately 9:20 a.m. Kill Devil Hills officers were dispatched to a missing child in the Bermuda Bay neighborhood. The child, identified as a 6-year-old, non-verbal, severely autistic boy, managed to slip away unnoticed from his family while they were packing to leave. The family is from Montclair, VA.

Every available officer, administrator and investigator from Kill Devil Hills PD immediately began a coordinated search for the boy. Bermuda Bay is located near Colington Road and is a densely packed neighborhood with winding streets and cul-de-sacs.

Approximately 15 minutes after the 911 call, Kill Devil Hills patrol officers Joey Delmonte and Austin Gray spotted the boy floating in a pond in the southern section of Bermuda Bay near Paget Road. Officers Gray and Delmonte immediately entered the water as the child began to sink under the surface. The officers removed the child from the water and began first aid. The child was struggling to breathe as he had ingested a considerable amount of water. Further medical attention was provided by Kill Devil Hills Fire Department and Dare County EMS.

A civilian bystander joined the officers in their efforts to save the child. The child was transported to Outer Banks Hospital for further evaluation.

Officer Delmonte is a 11-year veteran and has been with Kill Devil Hills PD since 2019, coming to our agency after 7 years with Portsmouth PD. Officer Gray is a 5-year veteran. He left KDHPD approximately a year ago and just returned last week. Officer Gray previously worked with the Dare County Sheriff’s office.



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  • SuZi

    Wonderful job Officers Delmonte and Gray, Wonderful!

    Friday, Aug 25 @ 3:58 pm
  • Chuck Sullivan

    Bravo! Huge kudos to these officers.

    Friday, Aug 25 @ 4:32 pm
  • Donna Roark

    Great job, KDH PD! Prevented a heartbreaking tragedy!! Heroes all, Miss Donna

    Friday, Aug 25 @ 5:52 pm
  • Glenn

    Great job by the First Responders! Wishing a prompt recovery for the child.

    Friday, Aug 25 @ 6:58 pm
  • Smokey

    Kudos to the officers. So glad the little boy will be OK.

    Friday, Aug 25 @ 7:52 pm
  • Linda

    Thank you for your service. You are truly appreciated.

    Sunday, Aug 27 @ 2:02 pm
  • Hendo

    Doin’ hero work, son! Bravo Zulu men

    Monday, Aug 28 @ 9:55 am
  • Debra

    Awesome!!!! Thank you Officers Delmonte and Gray WELL DONE

    Thursday, Aug 31 @ 10:45 am