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Sergeant Erin Marie Hehl | Illinois State Police, Illinois Illinois State Police, Illinois


Erin Marie Hehl

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, October 30, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Trooper Erin Hehl was killed when the helicopter she was in crashed during a training exercise.

Trooper Hehl was flying with a civilian pilot at suburban Frankfort Airport in the department's helicopter known as AirOne. They were practicing touch-and-go landings when one of the skids of the A-Star Eurocopter got stuck in mud, causing the helicopter to flip over. The civilian pilot was killed as well. Trooper Hehl had 70 hours of flight experience, but it is unknown who was at the controls at the time of the crash.

Trooper Hehl had served with the Illinois State Police for 11 years.

Trooper Hehl is survived by her husband, son and a stepson. She was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.

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19 years Erin, you will never be forgotten. It is still so hard for me to believe that you are gone. You are never far away from my thoughts. Love you girl!

M/Sgt JaneTipsword (retired)
Illinois State Police
October 30, 2016


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