Deputy Sheriff Dwain L. Hardigan

Deputy Sheriff Dwain L. Hardigan

Albany County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming

End of Watch Friday, May 4, 1979

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Dwain L. Hardigan

Deputy Hardigan was killed in an airplane accident during a search and rescue mission of two lost skiers. The pilot and Deputy Hardigan located the skiers and as the plane made another pass it struck some power lines and then a tree.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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The upcoming May 4, 2019 date will mark forty years ago that Deputy Hardigan was killed. I was the Sheriff of Albany County at the time. Dwain, along with the pilot, was killed on the search and rescue mission. A second Deputy was seriously injured in the accident and has suffered life-long. There is very little time that passes between the times I remember Dwain, the day the accident occurred and the loss to Dwain's family and fellow law enforcement officers. I know I will see Dwain in God's Heaven along with all other law enforcement officers who have served this great country and our communities, as they all truly deserve a special place in the hereafter. Rest in peace my friend, my brother, my fellow law enforcement officer.

Donald Fritzen, Sheriff, retired.
Albany County Sheriff's Office, Laramie, Wyoming.

April 4, 2019

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