Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 19 years
Badge # 207
Cause: Automobile crash
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.