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Special Deputy Sheriff Ronald Henry Terwilliger | Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Special Deputy Sheriff

Ronald Henry Terwilliger

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 9135

Military veteran

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Special Deputy Ronald Terwilliger, Corporal Virgle Knight, and Sergeant Gerald Chirrick were killed in a helicopter crash while conducting a marijuana eradication operation.

The helicopter crashed after striking power lines as it took offer from the parking area of the Canton Creek Campground in the Umppqua National Forest.

Special Deputy Terwilliger had served with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for one year. He is survived by his wife, son, and three daughters. He was a United States Army veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart.

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Corporal Virgle Dewey Knight, Jr.
Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1985
Cause: Aircraft accident

Sergeant Gerald G. Chirrick
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End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1985
Cause: Aircraft accident

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Deputy Sheriff Terwilliger,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
July 23, 2017

 

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