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Trooper Charles Michael Bassing | Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

Trooper

Charles Michael Bassing

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 24, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 9 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Trooper Bassing, Investigator Kevin Brosch of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, and Detective James Avant of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, were killed in a helicopter accident.

The three officers were being trained by DEA agents as spotters for a marijuana eradication program. The aircraft was taking off when it experienced a mechanical failure and crashed into the ground. The helicopter, which had just been refueled, burst into flames. All three officers were burned to death as a result.

Trooper Bassing had been employed with the Arkansas State Police for 9 months, and is survived by his parents, son, and daughter.

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Criminal Investigator Kevin Laine Brosch
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 24, 1986
Cause: Aircraft accident

Detective James Addison Avant
Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 24, 1986
Cause: Aircraft accident

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I remember exactley where I was when the news of the aircraft accident came in and the officers deaths, the FBINA conference on Petit Jean. To Charles family, we still remember!

Captain, Ray E. Carnahan (retired)
Arkansas State Police, co-worker
July 24, 2013

 

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