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Sergeant Gerald G. Chirrick | Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Sergeant

Gerald G. Chirrick

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 103

Military veteran

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Sergeant Gerald Chirrick, Corporal Virgle Knight, and Special Deputy Ronald Terwilliger were killed in a helicopter crash while conducting a marijuana eradication operation.

The helicopter crashed after striking power lines as it took offer from the parking area of the Canton Creek Campground in the Umppqua National Forest.

Sergeant Chirrick was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for 16 years and had previously served with the Reedsport Police Department. He was survived by his wife, two sons, daughter, mother, and siblings.

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Corporal Virgle Dewey Knight, Jr.
Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1985
Cause: Aircraft accident

Special Deputy Sheriff Ronald Henry Terwilliger
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End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1985
Cause: Aircraft accident

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I occasionally worked around Sgt. Chirrick, for one year, before going on to other areas of the DCSO dept, but I got at least ten years of experience from him. He was to the point, but that made what he said stick with you longer. Even after 30 years, no matter how long, you never forget the times you spend with officers on the job.

Larry Moore BLM/USFS contract deputy
DCSO 84-88
December 22, 2015

 

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