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Lieutenant Thomas Sumner Rettberg | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

Lieutenant

Thomas Sumner Rettberg

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

End of Watch: Friday, February 11, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 25 years

Badge # 136

Cause: Aircraft accident

Incident Date: 2/11/2000

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Lieutenant Thomas Rettberg was killed when the OH-58 Bell helicopter he was piloting crashed during a routine maintenance flight.

The rotor blades seized up during the flight, causing the crash. The helicopter then landed on its side in a field. A mechanic onboard was also killed.

Lieutenant Rettberg had served with the Utah Highway Patrol for 25 years, and had been a pilot for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

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Dear grandpa, it's been a while since I've posted on this. I miss you. Everyday that goes on its gets a little more lonely. 14 years wow. I wish you were still here with me. Love you so much. Keeping smiling up there and I'll see you in my dreams and prayers until we meet again.

Brianna Marie
granddaughter
February 11, 2014

 

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