Trooper Bruce Alan Heck

Trooper Bruce Alan Heck

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch Friday, January 10, 1997

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Bruce Alan Heck

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.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to 142 years

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Rest in Peace Trooper Heck

I met Trooper Heck on the Glen Highway about three miles east of Glennallen. I was headed west going towards Palmer in my Motorola company van and Trooper Heck was heading eastbound. I did not see him until my radar detector screamed at me and boy did I hit the brakes. I think the front bumper might have hit the pavement. I just stopped the vehicle and Trooper Heck passed by me, turned around and pulled behind me. I stepped out and as he got out of his cruiser with a big grin and laughter in his voice shouted, Got Ya'. I'll never forget his smile and how nice he was to me. This was in 1991. In January 1997 when I saw on the news what had happened, I couldn't believe it and wept. He was truly one of the best.

Mike Spiller / citizen
Wasilla, Alaska

May 16, 2019

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