Deputy Sheriff I Ralph Edward Zylka

Deputy Sheriff I Ralph Edward Zylka

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

End of Watch Thursday, August 17, 2000

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Ralph Edward Zylka

Deputy Zylka and Deputy Sung Hui Bang were killed in a helicopter accident in Dodge County, Wisconsin, while assisting in the search for a suspect.

Their helicopter experienced mechanical problems and crashed while returning to Milwaukee County. The deputies performed an instrumental role in apprehending the suspect, who was wanted for murdering an off-duty police officer. The helicopter was a 20-year-old military surplus aircraft.

Deputy Zylka, the flight observer, had served with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department for 24 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aerial search, helicopter crash

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On behalf of the United States Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and support staff for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, we honor law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. During National Police Week the focus is even greater that we never forget the officers and their families. Today, May 14, 2023, we honor and remember you Deputy Sheriff Ralph Edward Zylka . Rest in Peace.

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