Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 8 years
Badge # 103
Incident Date: 10/26/1991
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.