Elk City FD Drone Aids in Search of Missing Clinton Boy

January 24, 2023

By News Director Jared Atha

What could have been a tragic situation Saturday night had a happy ending thanks to the Elk City Fire Department.

The incident started when a 2-year-old boy had wandered away from his Clinton home at around 6 p.m. Saturday. Clinton authorities were notified who would request assistance from the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Beckham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to help with the search.

Elk City Fire Chief Kyle Chervenka said his department was requested to help in the search as well, due to the fact that they had a valuable tool that nobody else has: a drone with a thermal camera.

The boy was found curled up next to a tree, asleep and unharmed.

He was taken to the emergency room at Weatherford Regional Hospital to be checked out and was released a short time later.

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