Sergeant Doyle Reed Thorne

Sergeant Doyle Reed Thorne

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

End of Watch Saturday, July 30, 1994

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Doyle Reed Thorne

Sergeant Thorne was killed when his helicopter crashed while he was searching for a two-year-old girl. After the girl was located Sergeant Thorne started returning to Salt Lake City when he radioed in a distress call and disappeared from radar. The wreckage was located three days later.

Sergeant Thorne was a Vietnam War veteran and had been with the agency for 19 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 118

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Sgt. Thorne,
On today, the 21st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served in Vietnam with the USMC. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;fellow Marine

United States Border Patrol

July 30, 2015

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