Lieutenant Thomas Sumner Rettberg

Lieutenant Thomas Sumner Rettberg

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

End of Watch Friday, February 11, 2000

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Thomas Sumner Rettberg

Lieutenant Thomas Rettberg was killed when the OH-58 Bell helicopter he was piloting crashed during a routine maintenance flight.

The rotor blades seized up during the flight, causing the crash. The helicopter then landed on its side in a field. A mechanic onboard was also killed.

Lieutenant Rettberg was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Utah Highway Patrol for 25 years, and had been a pilot for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and a sister.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 136
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Rest in peace Lt. Rettberg.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 9, 2020

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