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Inspector Kirk B. Brookbush | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California

Inspector

Kirk B. Brookbush

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 11, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 28 years

Badge # 2040

Cause: Aircraft accident

Incident Date: 1/11/2000

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Inspector Kirk Brookbush and Officer James Dougherty were killed when their helicopter crashed.

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, when they requested a flight level below 1000 feet because of foggy conditions. After the request was made, at approximately 2100 hours, the aircraft disappeared from radar screens. After an all night search, the wreckage was discovered at 0830 hours the next morning.

Inspector Brookbush was an experienced pilot who flew in the Vietnam War. He had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 28 years, and is survived by his wife and two children.

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Police Officer James Francis Dougherty
San Francisco Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, January 11, 2000
Cause: Aircraft accident

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Kirk, Sorry to see you go at a young age.
We'll all miss you

Tom Smolen
Served in Vietnam with Kirk
February 4, 2014

 

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