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Trooper Donald E. Smith | Oregon State Police, Oregon Oregon State Police, Oregon

Trooper

Donald E. Smith

Oregon State Police, Oregon

End of Watch: Monday, July 11, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Trooper Smith and Deputy Joseph Omlin of the Curry County Sheriff's Office were killed in an aircraft accident while on a marijuana observation flight in a remote wilderness area in southern Oregon.
Trooper Smith had been with the agency for 11 years.

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Deputy Sheriff Joseph Omlin, III
Curry County Sheriff's Office, Oregon
End of Watch: Monday, July 11, 1983
Cause: Aircraft accident

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Don was one talended and dedicated State Trooper. Always ready and willing to do more. He bcame a friend because of my respect for him. Don loved to fly small aircraft and unfortunately died along with my good friend Deputy Joe Omlin on that fatal day. I always remember Don teling me about working or a major airling and strapping down flapping outside aircraft skin with 2000 mph duct tape and telling them to head for the maintenace yard at the end of their day. I will always remember don and the good things he left in me and other people.

Sergeant Thomas Benz - Retired
Oregon State Police
August 5, 2011

 

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