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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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I never got the chance to meet my uncle Rick as he was killed in the line of duty one year before I was born. I am so proud that he will be honored this weekend with a section of the highway dedicated to him. I look forward to seeing it the next time I am in Montana. My thoughts and prayers are with my aunt Cheri, cousin Cori, and the rest of my family who will be at the ceremony this weekend.

Robyn Heslop
May 7, 2015


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