Captain Phillip Arthur Heimbecker, Sr.

Captain Phillip Arthur Heimbecker, Sr.

Woodbury County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, June 11, 1993

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Phillip Arthur Heimbecker, Sr.

Captain Phillip Heimbecker and Corporal Jon E. Hermann were killed when their Beechcraft Baron crashed shortly after takeoff from the Fort Madison Municipal Airport.

They were transporting a prisoner to face a murder trial at the time of the crash. The prisoner survived the crash with non-fatal injuries.

Captain Heimbecker had served with the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office for 28 years.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge 97-4

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

plane crash, transport

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Hey Dad,

It sure has been rough here without you lately. I've balled my eyes out like a baby. I know you're with me and God too. But, I also know I wouldn't be going through what has been happening if you were still here. No one would dare try to mess with me and your granddaughter's.

But, because you are in Heaven, they do.
Sad really. I miss feeling Safe. I look at your picture and know that I have outlived you and you were taken so young. You had so much more to do and see. So much more to Teach.
I'm not second-guessing God, I'm just saying, I miss you, and I want you back.

This just isn't fair. These Stupid Laws.
I have Volunteered in Family Court for over 30 years now, and, you were right the Laws just keep getting more messed up and more messed up.

Losing you and Jon to some stupid Laws really irritates me and those Laws are not getting any better. Pro Criminal. Just like you told me. They have better weapons. You were right about that too. I cry every time we lose another Officer...because of the Loss itself of a Very good human and knowing the Pain the Family must carry for their lives.

I thought I had this all figured out and was okay with you being with God, but recently it jumped right in my face and I'm not okay at all with it. Not one bit. I'm Sad. I'm Mad.
I Miss You So Much, and I am so Sad for Jon's Family for their suffering too.

No one is like you Dad. No One. I Have not met anyone like you. Ever. You are An Eagle.
I know I am Lucky to be your Daughter. That Fact Is Not Lost On Me. I Am Proud Of That And Very Grateful. But I wish We Had More Time. I found out my friend Joe made it to Heaven,
I hope you've met. You probably have. Billy Club Members. I Wish I Could Have Shown You Around My Map Dot. Joe Will Have to Fill You In.

I'm just thinking out loud. Anyway, I miss you, I Love You, Send Angels Daddy, I need Protective Angels Right Now. Please Stay With Me Always and Show Me That You Are Here In The Little Things That God and You Make Happen. My Love To All... Your Baby Girl.
Now I gotta go....I have some Chicken to eat.....and some Cake and Watermelon.
Lots of Love.....Your Girl's.

LeAnn Grace Heimbecker

September 10, 2022

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