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Deputy Sheriff Donald J. DeMeulle | San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Donald J. DeMeulle

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, July 31, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

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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.

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Donnie always remembering the good times.

Tony Nicassio
San Bernardino Co. Sheriff (Ret.)
August 1, 2015

 

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