Deputy Sheriff Ted Duke Horton

Deputy Sheriff Ted Duke Horton

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, May 14, 2004

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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 Hughes 269A helicopter experienced mechanical problems shortly after taking off from a field near the sheriff's office. The pilot attempted to make an emergency landing in a clearing but the main rotor blades struck pine trees on the edge of the clearing. The helicopter fell 30-feet and landed 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

narcotics, aerial search

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It is hard to believe that you have been gone 15 years. I miss your smiles and laughter, even on the rainy days you always had a smile on your face. RIP my friend!

Ellen M.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office

May 14, 2019

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