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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I was just sitting at my desk at SFO for Sheriff's Office Investigations and remembering Kirk. He was my flight instructor and gave selflessly of his time to teach me through my initial flight ratings. We had a lot of laughs - Kirk was hilarious!. I remember his wife and young child and hope they are doing well. Kirk, you were great, generous with your time in teaching me how to fly and an all around fun guy. I will always remember you.

Det. Dave Schwartz, SFO Investigations
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

May 30, 2019

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