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Investigator Thomas Jay Smith | Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, Texas Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, Texas

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Thomas Jay Smith

Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 17, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 12 years

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Cause: Aircraft accident

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Investigator Thomas Smith and Lieutenant George Hendrix were killed when their Bell OH-58A helicopter crashed at Kenneth Copeland Airport.

Lieutenant Hendrix was piloting the aircraft, one of two donated to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office by the United States military.

Witnesses stated that the helicopter had just taken off when it plummeted straight down. Bystanders pulled both deputies from the wreckage and administered CPR but were unable to save them due to intensive spinal, head, and internal injuries.

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Lieutenant George Maurice Hendrix, Jr.
Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, September 17, 1997
Cause: Aircraft accident

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T.J. was one of the finest deputies that I ever had the pleasure working with. I recently visited the memorial in Washington DC and reflected on many good memories working with T.J.

Cpl Brad Murphey
TCU Police Department
July 18, 2011

 

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