Patrol Officer John Edwin Hollingsworth

Patrol Officer John Edwin Hollingsworth

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, October 20, 1984

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John Edwin Hollingsworth

Patrol Officer John Hollingsworth and Pilot Morley Miller were killed in a helicopter crash approximately 1/2-mile west of Fort Stockton, Texas, while on a patrol flight at 12:11 pm.

The helicopter was heading south from Fort Stockton when the helicopter started backfiring. Pilot Miller maneuvered the chopper over a field away from the manufacturing plant and people. He had gained control when the helicopter shot up in the air and then came straight down. The tail landed first and burst into flames. Two state troopers and a citizen tried to pull the officers out of the wreckage, but it was too late. Pilot Miller was credited with saving the lives of the plant workers.

Officer Hollingsworth was survived by his daughter and mother.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Texas

helicopter crash

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Dear dad just wanted you to know that we love you so much. I have had covid and have been very sick since September. I am just now coming off of oxygen. I am hoping to get back to work in March. I read your ex wife reflection to you. She said she still had your ashes, I thought that was funny because she told us and other people she already spread them over big bend national park. I remember you telling me about all her lies when you found out about the other men. Enough about that. Just wanted you also to know that your granddaughter Destiny is getting ready for her 18th birthday in May. Also she graduates from high school this year. In August she leaves for college

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February 24, 2022

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