Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Aircraft accident
Incident Date: 3/23/1982
Police Officer Clarence Whiteman and Police Officer Kelley Smythe were killed in a helicopter crash 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 Whiteman had served with the Tulsa Police Department for three years.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Police Officer Kelley L. Smythe