Deputy Sheriff Joseph Michael Kievernagel

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Michael Kievernagel

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Joseph Michael Kievernagel

Deputy Joseph Kievernagel and Deputy Kevin Blount were killed in a helicopter accident while on aerial patrol.

A mayday was broadcast when the aircrapft experienced a mechanical failure and on-board fire.

Deputy Kievernagel made an emergency landing on a hilly area near Lake Natoma. When the Eurocopter-EC120 landed, the tail end broke off, causing the fuselage of the helicopter to roll down a hill. A third deputy, who was first on the list to become a co-pilot, was also in the helicopter and received life-threatening injuries.

Deputy Kievernagel had served with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and seven siblings.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 546

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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