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 Donald 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 San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two young children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash

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Don, I’ll never forget the day I heard about your helicopter crash and your passing. That was a very, very sad day. You were a good guy! You were a good friend! I remember all the good times in our police academy and also visiting your wife and very young children at your home in Fountain Valley. I remember all of your stories about flying helicopters and your time in Hawaii. You left all of us way too soon brother. Trusting our heavenly father that we will see each other again.

David Kemp, Deputy Sheriff
Orange County,Ca Sheriff, Academy Classmate

May 1, 2022

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