Deputy Sheriff Donald J. DeMeulle

Deputy Sheriff Donald J. DeMeulle

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 31, 1986

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Donald J. DeMeulle

Deputy DeMeulle was killed when the helicopter he was riding in crashed into Silverwood Lake. The helicopter became entangled in high-powered power lines and fell into the lake. Deputy DeMeulle sustained severe head injuries and was trapped in the helicopter as it became submerged. The pilot, who suffered a broken back, made several heroic attempts to dive into the water and free Deputy DeMeulle's seatbelt.
Deputy DeMeulle had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and two young chidlren.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Don and I played together on the same high school sports teams. Both of us ultimately made law enforcement our career choice. Don was a good man and a good friend. The memories of those early days so long ago will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend.

Paul Mundt
Anaheim PD Retired

July 31, 2020

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