Private Carl Hestikind

Private Carl Hestikind

United States Department of the Interior - United States Park Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, February 18, 1936

Carl Hestikind

Private Carl Hestikind succumbed to the effects of exposure after jumping into the Potomac River, in Washington, DC, to rescue a driver whose car had slid into the water during a severe winter storm.

Private Hestikind then rode his motorcycle home following the rescue. He was admitted to the hospital and died seven days later.

Private Hestikind had served with the United States Park Police for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure
  • Location District of Columbia
  • Incident Date Tuesday, February 11, 1936

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The proud men and women of the United States Park Police will never forget the ultimate sacrifice of Officer Carl Hestikind and his surviving family. The selfless actions of our Fallen Heroes are the foundation of our core values (Integrity ~ Honor ~ Service). During Police Week, each year, we re-affirm and re-dedicate our commitment by honoring your service, your memory, and your sacrifice.

Chief of Police Rob MacLean
United States Park Police

May 6, 2016

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