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Trooper Bruce Alan Heck | Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

Trooper

Bruce Alan Heck

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch: Friday, January 10, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 21 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Sentenced to 142 years

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Trooper Bruce Heck was killed in a fight with a man on Glenn Highway, near milepost 156, during a traffic stop.

Another trooper who responded to his call for backup found his body approximately 150 yards off of the highway, lying face up in the snow.

The suspect was arrested approximately 20 minutes later by the first backup unit who arrived. The man had just been released from prison the previous day after serving a five year sentence for escape. On March 3rd, 1998, the man was convicted of three counts of second degree murder, two counts of robbery, two counts of assault, one count of escape and one count of vehicle theft. He was subsequently sentenced to 142 years in prison.

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I'm a retired UAA prof. in Palmer. When leaving Alaska on RT drives, I'd stop and invariably see Bruce chatting w/locals and building community. The procession of police vehicles behind his hearse went by my home on the Glenn. I was telling Bruce's story to an RV'er last summer who was a retired long haul driver. He was brought to tears at the loss of Bruce and to our community. Always remember, never forget.

Paul Maguire, PhD
Bradley Lake, Palmer

Paul Maguire, PhD
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May 7, 2016

 

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