Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 17 years
Badge # 546
Cause: Aircraft accident
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.
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Deputy Sheriff Kevin Patrick Blount