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Police Officer Charles Joseph Bohlender, Jr. | Topeka Police Department, Kansas Topeka Police Department, Kansas

Police Officer

Charles Joseph Bohlender, Jr.

Topeka Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 13, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 240

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Officer Charles (Joey) Bohlender and Officer Jeff Howey were killed at 0200 hours when their helicopter crashed while they were assisting ground officers during a burglary alarm at a home improvement store.

As the ground officers were inside searching the building, Officer Bohlender, the flight observer, and Officer Howey were circling overhead when the helicopter suddenly went into a spiral and crashed into an adjacent field, bursting into flames. The helicopter, a 1994 Schweizer 300 C, had approximately 5,600 hours of flying time.

Officer Bohlender had served with the Topeka Police Department for 9 years. He is survived by his wife, 4-year-old daughter, and 5-year-old son.

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End of Watch: Tuesday, June 13, 2000
Cause: Aircraft accident

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