Inspector Kirk B. Brookbush

Inspector Kirk B. Brookbush

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 11, 2000

Kirk B. Brookbush

Inspector Kirk Brookbush and Police Officer James Dougherty 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.

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.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 2040

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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I just met your son at the National law enforcement memorial in DC. He's very proud of you and he seemed like a great person. It was a pleasure meeting him and learning your story. Rest easy sir. I'll remember your name and sacrifice.

PO Gregory Scott

November 19, 2016

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