Reserve Officer Russell Hayden Simpson

Reserve Officer Russell Hayden Simpson

Bandon Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Monday, December 22, 2003

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Russell Hayden Simpson

Reserve Officer Russell Simpson drowned while attempting to rescue a teenage boy who had been swept into the ocean while walking his dog along the beach.

He had responded to the scene and was part of a rope-chain of people attempting to reach the boy. Reserve Officer Simpson was also pulled under by the strong current and swept into the ocean. The boy was rescued a short time later by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Reserve Officer Simpson had served with the Bandon Police Department as a code enforcement officer and a reserve officer for four years. He was a retired firefighter from the Los Angeles County, California, Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, mother, and brother, who is also an officer with the Bandon Police Department.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 725

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

water rescue

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Well Russ, I am now living in Texas. Couldn't stay in Bandon anymore. Like I told you guys, I am not leaving you. You are always with me. I am living on a lake that supposedly has some big bass in it. Brother you should be here with me. Say hi to Mom and Dad for me. Hug Cossak and Rex . I miss you guys.

Forrest Simpson
Bandon Police Department/ Brother

December 22, 2021

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