Senior Terrestrial Biologist James Howard Olterman

Senior Terrestrial Biologist James Howard Olterman

Colorado Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Division, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, September 4, 2002

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James Howard Olterman

Biologist James Olterman was killed when the Cessna 185 he was piloting on a fish-stocking mission to Hunts Lake, crashed near Salida, Colorado.

During the flight, the plane encountered strong winds and was forced to make a crash landing. As Biologist Olterman attempted to land, he purposely veered to the left to absorb the impact on the pilot's side, saving the life of a fellow employee. The passenger received injuries and had to hike down the mountain from the accident scene.

Biologist Olterman served as a biologist and the area's wildlife law enforcement officer.

Biologist Olterman was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War veteran had served with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Division for 30 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge 7219
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Rest in peace always and please know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your fellow law enforcement.

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