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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

Incident Date: 1/10/1997

Weapon: Person

Suspect: 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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My uncle Bruce was hilarious. My mom would often tell me stories about her big brother's pranks, and growing up in my house you were never safe on April Fool's Day. I have a home video of a time Bruce visited us in Bellingham, WA in the early 90's. I taught my little brother how to catch garter snakes and in short order he had a bucket with about 5 of them. He was trying to sell them to us so that he could buy some candy. Uncle Bruce bought the whole bucket for $5 for the sole purpose of chasing my mother around with it. It's hysterical to watch to this day. His sense of humor was passed on to his little sister, who absolutely adored him, and down to me and now onto my daughter. The ripples of his life will continue forever as long as we still need laughter to help us make it through and as long as scaring your loved ones is still funny. The loss my family felt when he was taken from us reverberates to this day. Nothing was ever quite the same after that day, but my goal in life is to have a positive affect on the people around me so that when I go I leave love and laughter in my wake. Like uncle Bruce. We miss you.

Jeremy, Bruce's nephew
October 15, 2014

 

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