Sergeant Harold Lee Russell, II

Sergeant Harold Lee Russell, II

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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Harold Lee Russell, II

Sergeant Lee Russell and Detective Matt Blansett of the Marion County Sheriff's Department were killed in a helicopter crash on Aetna Mountain in Marion County at about 4:00 pm.

The Bell 206 helicopter struck high-tension power lines and crashed into a wooded area near mile marker 163 adjacent to I-24 and SR-134.

Sergeant Russell had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 12 years and was assigned to the Special Opts Aviation Unit. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, brother, and grandmother.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash


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Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Sergeant Russell, II. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

September 23, 2022

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