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Police Officer James David Ketchum | Costa Mesa Police Department, California Costa Mesa Police Department, California

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James David Ketchum

Costa Mesa Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 10, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

Incident Date: 3/10/1987

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Officer Ketchum and Officer John Libolt were killed when their helicopter was involved in a midair collision with the Newport Beach Police Department's helicopter while they were giving air support to a vehicle pursuit. The Costa Mesa helicopter's rotor blade sheered off, causing the aircraft to fall from the sky. Newport Beach's helicopter was able to make an emergency landing.

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Officer John William Libolt
Costa Mesa Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 10, 1987
Cause: Aircraft accident

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
March 10, 2012

 

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