Lieutenant Fred Douglas Beers, III

Lieutenant Fred Douglas Beers, III

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, July 16, 2022

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Fred Douglas Beers, III

Lieutenant Fred Beers, Undersheriff Larry Koren, and Deputy Sheriff Michael Levison were killed when the agency's helicopter, Metro 2, crashed near Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Rescue Specialist Matthew King of the Bernalillo County Fire Department was also killed in the crash.

Metro 2 was returning to Albuquerque after assisting fire crews at the East Mesa Fire. They were returning to Albuquerque after conducting bucket drops when the crash occurred at about 7:20 pm.

In 2017 Lieutenant Beers organized a hike to the summit of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, with other members of Cops on Top to honor fallen officers.

Lieutenant Beers was a United States Air Force veteran and had served with the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office for over 13 years. He is survived by his wife, son, father, and two sisters.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 13 years, 6 months
  • Badge L17
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aerial fire response, helicopter crash

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You were one of the best Fred! Always with a smile and the most subtle hilarious perspectives on any call. I miss you buddy, we all do. I have so much comfort in knowing that your energy lives on, probably running daily marathons in wherever the next realm is. Im grateful everyday for the privilege of calling you a friend and brother in our BCSO family.

Captain (Ret.) Andie Taylor
Bernalillo County Sheriffs Department

July 17, 2023

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