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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: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Exposure

Incident Date: 1/14/1983

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Sergeant John Stimson succumbed to hypothermia following a helicopter crash while searching for a missing pilot. The helicopter he was riding in experienced an engine failure and crashed and the contract pilot suffered a broken back.

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 agency for just over 19 years.

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FIRST. God Bless you Marshall Di Gerolamo, thats a perfect scripture. Now for Officer Stimsons sacrifice. WHERE IS THE MOVIE ABOUT THIS? What an INCREDIBLE sacrifice. I know this incident happened a long long time time ago, but only learned of it researching the memorial on Alaska State Troopers broadcoast of last watch for Trooper Toll, and pilot Mel Nading. I began to look at each one and wow...this one just shook me. Oh I was a corrections Officer for 6 yrs from 91 to 97 but I feel thats a cakewalk compared to what these good men and women sacrifice daily. GOD BLESS those that TRULY seek to serve others and may their families look forward to their reunion.

Melinda Perry
Dept of Corrections (retired)
February 21, 2014

 

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