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Sergeant Andrew Francis Tingwall | New Mexico State Police, New Mexico New Mexico State Police, New Mexico


Andrew Francis Tingwall

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch: Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Aircraft accident

Incident Date: 6/9/2009

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Sergeant Andy Tingwall died following a police helicopter crash on a mountainside near Santa Fe, New Mexico. He and a police observer had just taken off after rescuing a stranded hiker when the helicopter struck the mountainside and crashed.

Despite being severely injured, the observer was able to hike from the area the following morning and was located by a rescue party. An intense search was initiated but rescuers had difficulty reaching the crash site due to weather and terrain.

The bodies of Sergeant Tingwall and the hiker were located two days later when rescuers were able to reach the site.

Sergeant Tingwall was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the New Mexico State Police for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

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June 15, 2015


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