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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: Convicted of 2nd degree murder

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Trooper Heck was killed in a fight with a man on an Alaskan highway. Trooper Heck was found about 150 to 200 yards off of Glenn Highway at mile 156, lying face up in the snow. It is believed that he was killed by a man who was wanted for stealing a cab. The suspect was arrested approximately 20 minutes after Trooper Heck called for assistance by the first backup unit who arrived. The suspect had just been released the day before after serving a five year sentence for escaping from prison. On March 3, 1998, the suspect 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.

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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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