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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

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Age: 39

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Cause: Aircraft accident

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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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Even after all these years, when I look at "David's" picture, my heart aches. He was a hero in life and his young life held endless possibilities. Your family misses you.

Debbie Sullivan
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May 18, 2015

 

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