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Wildlife Officer Donald Dante Thornbury | Miccosukee Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police Miccosukee Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

Wildlife Officer

Donald Dante Thornbury

Miccosukee Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch: Monday, October 28, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 103

Cause: Drowned

Location: Florida

Incident Date: 10/26/1991

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Wildlife Officer Donald Thornbury drowned following an airboat accident while he was patrolling in the Everglades in Broward County. His body was found two days later floating in a canal on the south side of Alligator Alley near the 46-mile marker, approximately 21 miles west of the Fort Lauderdale toll booth.

The Miccosukee Tribal Police Department had only ten officers at the time of Wildlife Officer Thornbury's death. They had recently started a wildlife law enforcement program within the agency.

Wildlife Officer Thornbury had served with the Miccosukee Tribal Police Department for 10 months. He had previously served, in Indiana, as an auxiliary officer with the Markleville Police Department for three years and with the Edgewood Police Department as an officer for four years. Wildlife Officer Thornbury was survived by his parents and brother.

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We are remembering you with love and special memories today and always.
Love and Prayers,
Dad and Mom

Donald and Nancy Thornbury
October 27, 2016


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