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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

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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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My great uncle I was never able to meet. Dad speaks highly of you and I only hope to be as great of a cop as you. Thank you for you service.

Deputy FTO Alexander Stimson
Vernon county sheriff's office
June 15, 2015

 

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