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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

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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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Ohhhh Russ..... Now Gil is up there with you, Carl, Rex, and Dozer. Always the good ones go first. Too many laughs and stories to tell. Love and adore you all and it helps me to know I've got the quick witted funny ones watching over me always. Bear hugs forever. Keeping your memory alive here in FL. Cheers my friend

Former Bandon PD
April 23, 2015


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