Inspector Kirk B. Brookbush

Inspector Kirk B. Brookbush

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, January 11, 2000

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Kirk B. Brookbush

Inspector Kirk Brookbush and Police Officer James Dougherty were killed when their helicopter crashed near Crows Landing, Stanislaus County.

The officers were flying a Bell Jet Ranger OH-58 helicopter on a routine flight from a maintenance facility in Tulare County to San Francisco. They requested a flight level below 1,000 feet because of foggy conditions. After the request was made, at approximately 9:00 pm, the aircraft disappeared from radar screens. After an all night search, the wreckage was discovered at 8:30 am the next morning in a field near I-5.

Inspector Brookbush was an experienced pilot who flew in the Vietnam War. He had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 28 years, and is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 2040

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Inspector Brookbush,
On today, the 20th 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 in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 11, 2020

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