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Correctional Officer James C. Hesterberg | Alaska Department of Corrections, Alaska Alaska Department of Corrections, Alaska

Correctional Officer

James C. Hesterberg

Alaska Department of Corrections, Alaska

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 207

Cause: Automobile accident

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Officer James Hesterberg was killed in a traffic collision while he and his partner were transporting seven prisoners to Spring Creek Correctional Center.

The vehicle was struck head-on by a tractor trailer on the slush-covered Seward Highway about 20 miles north of Seward. The impact caused the Ford van to go over a guard rail and it landed on its roof. Officer Hesterberg, who was driving the van, and four inmates died at the scene. His partner and the three remaining inmates were transported to area hospitals.

Officer Hesterberg had been employed with the Alaska Department of Corrections for 19 years, and is survived by his wife and three children.

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I just stumbled across this article while searching for family on Ancestry.com. Jamie was my younger cousin. The last time I was actually with him, and his older brother Michael must have been around the mid-1960's. When we were young, I remember visiting his dad's walnut farm with my family. I remember catching toads in the summertime, and eating dinner outdoors. I never met his wife as he left home between my few visits, but my heart hurt to hear about his passing. He must have been truly a great man according to the many good things everyone has said.
God's blessings to his wife and children, now grown. 3/6/2016

Michael C. Hesterberg
Cousin--son of Edward F. Hesterberg
March 7, 2016

 

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