Deputy Sheriff Ted Duke Horton

Deputy Sheriff Ted Duke Horton

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, May 14, 2004

Ted Duke Horton

Deputy Sheriff Ted Horton was killed in a helicopter crash while he and another deputy conducted a narcotics search over a wooded area near Louisburg.

The helicopter, a Hughes 269A, experienced mechanical problems shortly after taking off from a field near the sheriff's office. As the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing in a clearing the main rotor struck pine trees on the edge of a clearing. The helicopter then fell 30-feet, landing on its left side. Deputy Horton, who was an observer during the flight, was killed. The pilot suffered non-fatal injuries.

Deputy Horton is survived by his wife and mother.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 14, 2015

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