Sergeant Erin Marie Hehl

Sergeant Erin Marie Hehl

Illinois State Police, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, October 30, 1997

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Erin Marie Hehl

Trooper Erin Hehl was killed when the helicopter she was in crashed during a training exercise.

Trooper Hehl was flying with a civilian pilot at suburban Frankfort Airport in the department's helicopter known as AirOne. They were practicing touch-and-go landings when one of the skids of the A-Star Eurocopter got stuck in the mud, causing the helicopter to flip over. The civilian pilot was killed as well. Trooper Hehl had 70 hours of flight experience, but it is unknown who was at the controls at the time of the crash.

Trooper Hehl had served with the Illinois State Police for 11 years. Trooper Hehl is survived by her husband, son, and stepson.

She was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash, training

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26 years have passed since you made your ultimate sacrifice Sgt. Hehl. You are remembered today and everyday. RIP my Blue Sister.

M.P.O. Robin Popelka
Chicago Mounted Patrol

October 31, 2023

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