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Corporal Virgle Dewey Knight, Jr. | Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Corporal

Virgle Dewey Knight, Jr.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 111

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Corporal Virgle Knight, Special Deputy Ronald Terwilliger, and Sergeant Gerald Chirrick were killed in a helicopter crash while conducting a marijuana eradication operation.

The helicopter crashed after striking power lines as it took offer from the parking area of the Canton Creek Campground in the Umppqua National Forest.

Corporal Knight had served with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, and siblings.

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Sergeant Gerald G. Chirrick
Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1985
Cause: Aircraft accident

Special Deputy Sheriff Ronald Henry Terwilliger
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End of Watch: Tuesday, July 23, 1985
Cause: Aircraft accident

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Cpl Knight,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and the other Officers who were on that helicopter with you for your service and sacrifice for for the citizens of Douglas County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
July 23, 2017

 

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