Detective Matthew Walker Blansett

Detective Matthew Walker Blansett

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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Matthew Walker Blansett

Detective Matt Blansett and Sergeant Lee Russell of the Tennessee Highway Patrol 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.

Detective Blansett served with the Marion County Sheriff's Department for 20 years nd also served as a Marion County Commissioner. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash

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Father in Heaven Bless the eternal soul of this thy servant Det Matt Blansett. Bless and care for his family ease their sorrow. This we ask in thy Holy name, Amen.

George E. Martin, Sr.

October 23, 2022

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