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Deputy Sheriff I Ralph Edward Zylka | Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

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Ralph Edward Zylka

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Thursday, August 17, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 24 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Deputy Zylka and Deputy Sung Hui Bang were killed in a helicopter accident in Dodge County, Wisconsin,while assisting in the search of a suspect.

Their helicopter experienced mechanical problems and crashed while returning to Milwaukee County. The deputies performed an instrumental role in apprehending the suspect, who was wanted for murdering an off-duty police officer. The helicopter was a 20-year-old military surplus aircraft.

Deputy Zylka, the flight observer, had been employed with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department for 24 years.

Deputy Zylka was survived by his wife and two children.

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End of Watch: Thursday, August 17, 2000
Cause: Aircraft accident

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April 9, 2012

 

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