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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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12 years ago and yet my heart still hurts when thinking of all the laughs we had. Miss you and Thank you for watching over us.

Former Bandon PD
December 24, 2015


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