Deputy Sheriff Donald J. DeMeulle

Deputy Sheriff Donald J. DeMeulle

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 31, 1986

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Donald J. DeMeulle

Deputy DeMeulle was killed when the helicopter he was riding in crashed into Silverwood Lake. The helicopter became entangled in high-powered power lines and fell into the lake. Deputy DeMeulle sustained severe head injuries and was trapped in the helicopter as it became submerged. The pilot, who suffered a broken back, made several heroic attempts to dive into the water and free Deputy DeMeulle's seatbelt.
Deputy DeMeulle had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and two young chidlren.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Although I have no memories of you I still find it appropriate to share my thoughts. As I watch your three beautiful grandchildren scurry about on this Thanksgiving day I can't help but feel so blessed and thankful for their lives. For without you there would be no them. I know that you are smiling down and keeping watch over them. Thank you for all that you did during your short life, I have heard many stories and hope to be at least a little bit like you were. So on this day of giving thanks I find my self grateful for the simple things that never would have been possible without you.

Daniel DeMeulle
Son

November 28, 2019

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