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Patrolman Richard E. Hedstrom | Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Montana Highway Patrol, Montana


Richard E. Hedstrom

Montana Highway Patrol, Montana

End of Watch: Thursday, July 19, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 weeks

Badge # 307

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Killed in accident

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Patrolman Richard Hedstrom was struck and killed by a drunk driver during a traffic stop near Kalispell, Montana.

He was writing a warning for a malfunctioning headlight and his training officer was sitting in the patrol car when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck traveling at 87 mph. The impact pushed the patrol car into Patrolman Hedstrom, causing fatal injuries. The driver of the truck was to be charged with negligent homicide but died of injuries sustained in the collision.

Patrolman Hedstrom had only been employed with the Montana Highway Patrol for 18 days. He is survived by his wife and son.

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40 years and still it seems like it was just a few days ago we got that call. He was truly one of the good guys. He was the big brother and felt that he needed to be a positive roll model to for his younger bother and sisters. And he was. As Teresa said, I love him and miss him so much.

Elizabeth Hedtrom Couts
July 19, 2013


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