Police Officer Chance Frederick Whiteman, III

Police Officer Chance Frederick Whiteman, III

Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Friday, March 26, 1982

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Chance Frederick Whiteman, III

Police Officer Clarence Whiteman and Police Officer Kelley Smythe were killed in a helicopter crash while assisting patrol officers during a car chase.

Dispatchers lost contact with the helicopter during the chase. It was later discovered to have struck a tree and crashed near 66th Street and Lakewood Avenue.

The helicopter program was only ten days old at the time of the accident.

Officer Whiteman had served with the Tulsa Police Department for three years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Incident Date Tuesday, March 23, 1982


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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

March 26, 2021

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