Chief of Police Roy Leonard Pederson

Chief of Police Roy Leonard Pederson

Thief River Falls Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Monday, January 28, 1974

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Roy Leonard Pederson

Chief of Police Roy Pederson was killed in an aircraft accident while he and two members of the city council were en route to Owatonna to inspect law enforcement facilities at 7:50 a.m. The two council members and the pilot were also killed.

The snowstorm contributed to the plane crash 2 miles northwest of Winger.

Chief Pederson was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Thief River Falls Police Department for ten years. He was serving as the chief for four months. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aircraft accident, weather

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Chief Pederson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 28, 2024

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