Sergeant John David Stimson

Sergeant John David Stimson

Alaska State Troopers - Fish and Wildlife Protection, Alaska

End of Watch Friday, January 14, 1983

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John David Stimson

Sergeant John Stimson succumbed to hypothermia following a helicopter crash while searching for a missing pilot near Cordova, Alaska. The helicopter he was riding in experienced an engine failure and crashed.

The contract pilot suffered a broken back in the crash. Sergeant Stimson was unable to access any of the emergency equipment due to damage to the helicopter. He died after a night of exposure to cold temperatures after making the injured pilot as comfortable as possible. The injured pilot survived.

Sergeant Stimson had served with the Alaska State Troopers - Fish and Wildlife Protection for just over 11 years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Hypothermia

mechanical failure, search and rescue

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I am so thankful to read these reflections of your character & the life you lived.. I listen to the stories our family tells about you and always wish I could have gotten to know you. Thank you for your incredible service.. and the son you raised. My son will always carry the Stimson name in your honor. Love & Peace

Sarah A. Phillips (Stimson)

January 14, 2019

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