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Sergeant John David Stimson | Alaska State Troopers - Fish and Wildlife Protection, Alaska Alaska State Troopers - Fish and Wildlife Protection, Alaska

Sergeant

John David Stimson

Alaska State Troopers - Fish and Wildlife Protection, Alaska

End of Watch: Friday, January 14, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Exposure

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Sergeant John Stimson succumbed to hypothermia following a helicopter crash while searching for a missing pilot near Cordova, Alaska. The helicopter he was riding in experienced an engine failure and crashed.

The the contract pilot suffered a broken back in the crash. Sergeant Stimson was unable to access any of the emergency equipment due to damage to the helicopter. He died after a night of exposure to cold temperatures after making the injured pilot as comfortable as possible. The injured pilot survived.

He had served with the Alaska State Troopers - Fish and Wildlife Protection for just over 11 years.

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John and I served together when I was assigned to the Valdez post as a Trooper FWP officer. We spent many a wonderful night onboard the Enforcer and I will always remember his sense of humor. He was great guy and a true hero. I came across this site while looking for photos of the Enforcer for my collection. If anyone reading this has any old photos of John and the Enforcer I would love to add them to my collection.

Trooper Gerald Hooper Ret.
Alaska State Troopers
August 19, 2015

 

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