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Police Officer Kelley L. Smythe | Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

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Kelley L. Smythe

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Friday, March 26, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Police Officer Kelley Smythe and Police Officer Chance Whiteman were killed in a helicopter accident while assisting patrol officers during a car chase.

Dispatchers lost contact with the helicopter during the chase. It was later discovered to have struck a tree and crashed near 66th Street and Lakewood Avenue.

The helicopter program was only ten days old at the time of the accident.

Officer Smythe had served with the Tulsa Police Department for four years.

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End of Watch: Friday, March 26, 1982
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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 26, 2012

 

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