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 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during the Vietnam War.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

July 30, 2019

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