Trooper Bruce Alan Heck

Trooper Bruce Alan Heck

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch Friday, January 10, 1997

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Bruce Alan Heck

Trooper Bruce Heck was killed in a fight with a man on Glenn Highway, near milepost 156, during a traffic stop.

The suspect had robbed a store, beat the owner, and had stolen a taxi before engaging in a high-speed chase with Trooper Heck. After crashing the vehicle, the man fled on foot. Another trooper who responded to Trooper Heck's call for backup found his body approximately 150 yards off the highway, lying face up in the snow.

The suspect was arrested approximately 20 minutes later by the first backup unit who arrived. The man had just been released from prison 48 hours earlier after serving a five-year sentence for escape.

On March 3rd, 1998, the man was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of robbery, two counts of assault, one count of escape, and one count of vehicle theft. He was subsequently sentenced to 142 years in prison.

Trooper Heck had served with the Alaska State Troopers for 21 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to 142 years

convicted felon, parolee, stolen vehicle

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As I look back on my career, I owe you and two other retired Alaska State Troopers my gratitude. I had the pleasure of meeting Trooper Heck in 1996 when He and these two other Troopers whom lighted my fire and passion for who I am today. I was sadden yet proud when I got my acceptance letter to attend the academy that March. I wear my bracelet everyday as reminder of you and to the cause. Thank you for letting me do my ride alongs back in the day. May you have eternal peace my brother. Your legacy will forever live on, not only with me but also the Alaska State Troopers.

Sergeant Carlos Gomez
Maryland Capitol Police

April 9, 2020

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