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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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Thank you for your service officer Simpson, may you rest in peace.

Justin DiGeorgio
December 22, 2014

 

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