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


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

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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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I met Tom and his wife at an annual meeting of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association. Both were very warm and nice people to visit with. I just wanted to share this memory of a wonderful person.

R.C. Shepherd
North Carolina LEO
September 16, 2015


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