Deputy Sheriff David Castillo’s memorial honors a heroic act

A memorial for Deputy Sheriff David Delgado Castillo will honor the community's appreciation of him protecting the community and his heroic act.

VICTORIA, Texas – On Sunday, April 11, at 9:00 a.m. family members, friends, and retired coworkers plan to hold a memorial service honoring Deputy Sheriff David Castillo’s life.

David Castillo’s family, friends, and community members will meet at the Caliente Harley-Davidson motorcycle store in San Antonio, TX and then drive all the way to the Resurrection Memorial cemetery in Victoria, Texas where he is buried.

In reference to the officer down memorial page and to David’s brother Richard Castillo, David died in a car collision that struck a tree while responding to a mandatory officer assistance call. In addition, rescue teams responded as an attempt to save him, but by that time the patrol car caught fire, making this operation harder to complete.

According to Dennis Casillas, Castillo’s police partner, during the collision there was a large impact on the driver’s door before the patrol car caught fire.

Casillas said, “the impact forced Castillo to get trapped inside the vehicle, as his legs were pinned between the driver’s door, steering wheel, and patrol car computer.”

Additionally Casillas claimed, “A couple of teenagers who were driving nearby tried to save him by using the patrol car bar-light equipment to break the passenger’s window and then pull him out. They were not able to save him, since David Castillo was pinned and trapped when the car caught fire.”

Casillas also recalled a fellow officer, James Hancock, was on the way to help with the collision, but Hancock could see from a distance that the patrol car was already on fire.

Dennis Casillas said David Castillo was a shy person, but a great dancer, and very helpful.

“I know he was very popular in Victoria, as far as the football team goes. He was very quiet and kind of shy, but I know he was probably one of the best dancers around because every time we went to a country in Western club. The ladies gravitated to him, he was such a good dancer. I mean they’d see him come in their front door and go grab him. He would help anybody, I mean he’d give his shirt off his back to anybody who needed help,” Casillas said.

Furthermore, before Castillo passed away his girlfriend was 5 months pregnant with their daughter named Briana. Unfortunately, he never had the opportunity to meet her. Still to this day, his entire family, friends, and retired coworkers continue to honor him as a fallen hero.

David Castillo passed away on April 11, 1991. Therefore, this year marks the 30th anniversary of Deputy Sheriff’s Castillo’s passing, as he worked 8 years for Bexar County, serving to protect his community.

CORRECTION: Before it was reported that 2 fellow officers reacted to the situation on the scene and Castillo unselfishly pushed the 2 fellow officers away from the fire to save them. In addition, the article included that 2 police departments (Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the Victoria Police Department) planned to hold a memorial service honoring Deputy Sheriff David Castillo’s life. This information was incomplete and incorrect. We regret this error.

For clarification, Castillo’s family, friends, and coworkers are organizing the memorial. Additionally, at first a couple of teenagers reacted to the patrol vehicle collision, before any officers or rescue teams arrived and tried to save him. However, Castillo was pinned and trapped inside the vehicle, pushed the kids away, so they would not get burned.

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