Sergeant James Michael Lane

Sergeant James Michael Lane

Beaumont Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, September 16, 2004

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James Michael Lane

Sergeant Mike Lane was killed when the department helicopter he was riding in crashed.

Sergeant Lane and a deputy from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office were investigating reports of a fire. At approximately 10:30 pm, the helicopter crashed into Sabine Lake about five miles east of the Rainbow Bridge and 2-1/2 miles south of Stewts Island.

The deputy survived the crash and was able to swim to safety, however, Sergeant Lane suffered fatal injuries as a result of the impact.

Sergeant Lane had served with the Beaumont Police Department for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, son, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 32 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aerial search

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

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 16, 2020

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