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Reserve Officer Russell Hayden Simpson | Bandon Police Department, Oregon Bandon Police Department, Oregon

Reserve Officer

Russell Hayden Simpson

Bandon Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Monday, December 22, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 725

Cause: Drowned

Incident Date: 12/22/2003

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Reserve Officer Russell Simpson drowned while attempting to rescue a teenage boy who had been swept into the ocean while walking his dog along the beach.

The officer had responded to the scene and was part of a rope-chain of people attempting to reach the boy. Reserve Officer Simpson was also pulled under by the strong current and swept into the ocean. The boy was rescue a short time later by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Reserve Officer Simpson had served with the Bandon Police Department as a Code Enforcement Officer and a Reserve Officer for 4 years. He was a retired firefighter from the Los Angeles County, California, Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, mother, and brother, who is also an officer with the Bandon Police Department.

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Still thinking of you Bro, Mom is 88 years old and still hanging in there. Still have the gun shop, you would love it. We were supposed to get old and fat together and spend our time fishing, I am getting the old and fat part down, haven't got the fishing part down yet. Say hi to Dad and Rex for me.

Forrest Simpson
Retired Bandon Police Department/ Brother
April 23, 2014


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