Patrolman Richard E. Hedstrom

Patrolman Richard E. Hedstrom

Montana Highway Patrol, Montana

End of Watch Thursday, July 19, 1973

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Richard E. Hedstrom

Patrolman Rick Hedstrom was struck and killed by a drunk driver during a traffic stop on U.S. 93, two miles south of Kalispell at 1:30 am.

He was writing a warning for a malfunctioning headlight, and his training officer was sitting in the patrol car when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck traveling at 87 mph. The impact pushed the patrol car into Patrolman Hedstrom, causing fatal injuries.

The driver of the truck was to be charged with negligent homicide but died of injuries sustained in the collision.

Patrolman Hedstrom had only served with the Montana Highway Patrol for 18 days. He is survived by his wife, son, brother, and three sisters.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 weeks
  • Badge 307

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Killed in crash

traffic stop, DUI

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Patrolman Hedstrom,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Montana. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 19, 2023

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