Trooper Stanley E. Gerling

Trooper Stanley E. Gerling

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, June 30, 1989

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Stanley E. Gerling

Trooper Stanley Gerling and Trooper Pilot Lance Dietsch were killed in an airplane crash while searching for an elderly man who had wandered away from a nursing home near U.S. Highway 6 west of Atlantic, Iowa.

They were about to call off the search when the troopers located him in a soybean field. They began to circle the area when the plane made a sudden turn and crashed vertically into the ground.

Trooper Gerling had served with the Iowa State Patrol for one year. He was survived by his wife and two children


  • Age 34
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 190

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aerial search

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Thank you for your service and please know that sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 30, 2020

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