Deputy Sheriff Frank Nelson Seton

Deputy Sheriff Frank Nelson Seton

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, January 4, 1989

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Frank Nelson Seton

Deputy Sheriff Frank Seton died after falling from a helicopter during a search for two suspects.

Deputy Seton was off duty when he heard a call of a deputy stopping five shooting suspects. After assisting the deputy arrest three of the suspects, he began searching a densely wooded area. He requested the helicopter lift him out of the area and over a flooded ditch. During the lift, he lost his grip and fell from the helicopter.

Deputy Seton was survived by his wife, also a deputy, and his daughter.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years, 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

aircarft accident

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Frank, you and I patrolled the streets and backed each other all the time. Partners on the street and friends for life. Our squad: Sgt. Ron C, Cpl. Dennis M, Denny C, Julia C, Dave W, and me had our hearts broken at the loss of you, our brother. You were an incredible deputy, person and friend. Missed regularly and never forgotten. Continue to rest in peace and I know you are in a place were cops don't need to make arrest, and I know your watching football from the high seats. God Bless you my brother!!

DFC Chris Rumbaugh
OCSO (Retired) squad mate and partners

January 4, 2018

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