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Deputy Sheriff Kevin Patrick Blount | Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

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Kevin Patrick Blount

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 1189

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Deputy Kevin Blount and Deputy Joseph Kievernagel 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 Blount had served with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for 7 years. He is survived by his parents, brother, and sister.

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Deputy Sheriff Joseph Michael Kievernagel
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Cause: Aircraft accident

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I remember hearing about this tragic incident within the hour after it happened. It was breaking news on the television and the only immediate information that they had was a downed chopper with at least one deputy with critical injuries and a major grass fire that was related to the crash. Then, it wasn't long before they reported the very worst. Though, I didn't know these deputies it touched me very deep for some reason. Days later, during the televised funeral services - I fought back my tears really hard. Then, when Kevin's sister explained how every time she would get into a friend's car - Kevin would say "be careful . . you have precious cargo on board". She then expressed how it was her turn to say those words to god. I gotta tell ya, me and my wife just totally lost it at that point. I mean, I can't remember the last time that I cried so hard! It was a very clever and an extremely sweet gesture that will stick with me forever. I felt so sorry for her because of her exceptionally shattered heart. I hope that her and the rest of the Blount family's pain has been somewhat reduced and replaced with a sense of pride for Kevin's accomplishments over the passing years. In the 1970's I spent alot of time at the Oakland International Airport where my grandmother was employed when I was a kid. I was fortunate at getting to know the helecopter pilots for O.P.D. They also made the same sacrafice one night when their chopper crashed while attempting to locate a suspect in the Fruitvale district. It traumatized me at the time because I grew pretty close to them. I'm sure this is why I had exceptional feelings for Kevin and Joe. My most deepest sympathy for both families and I wish them all well.

M. Gonsalves / Hayward, Ca.
June 5th, 2014
June 6, 2014


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