Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Aircraft accident
Deputies Larry Rhoden and Brian Wilkinson were killed when their department helicopter crashed into a small pond near Lakeland, Florida at approximately 0200 hours, during a period of dense fog.
Deputy Rhoden was the observer in the Bell OH-58 helicopter. The two deputies were returning from a call when the crash occurred.
Deputy Rhoden had been employed with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for ten years, and is survived by his wife and three sons.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Deputy Sheriff Gene Brian Wilkinson