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Police Officer James Francis Dougherty | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California

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James Francis Dougherty

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 11, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 29 years

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Cause: Aircraft accident

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Police Officer James Dougherty and Inspector Kirk Brookbush were killed when their helicopter crashed near Crows Landing, Stanislaus County.

The officers were flying a Bell Jet Ranger OH-58 helicopter on a routine flight from a maintenance facility in Tulare County to San Francisco. They requested a flight level below 1,000 feet because of foggy conditions. After the request was made, at approximately 9:00 pm, the aircraft disappeared from radar screens. After an all night search, the wreckage was discovered at 8:30 am the next morning in a field near I-5.

Officer Dougherty was an experienced aircraft mechanic before joining the San Francisco Police Department. He had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 29 years. He is survived by his three children.

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Inspector Kirk B. Brookbush
San Francisco Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 11, 2000
Cause: Aircraft accident

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I just saw a flier speaking of the loss of two Sacramento Sheriff's Dept. aviators lost on this date in 2005. Naturally I immediately thought of you Jim, and Kirk. Two class individuals lost way to soon... You may be gone but you are certainly not forgotten...

Sergeant George Carrington
SFPD (Ret.)
July 13, 2013

 

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