Sergeant Erin Marie Hehl

Sergeant Erin Marie Hehl

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, October 30, 1997

Erin Marie Hehl

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.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Erin, it has been 20 years since your EOW. It's still as painful as it was 20 years ago. You made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Illinois. May you rest in peace. We lost an excellent Trooper, friend and mentor that day.

Msgt Jane Tipsword (retired)
Illinois State Police

November 1, 2017

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