Sergeant Robert Lee Bittick

Sergeant Robert Lee Bittick

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch Tuesday, October 11, 1994

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Robert Lee Bittick

Sergeant Robert Bittick and Deputy Commissioner Claude Everett Swackhammer, of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, were killed in an airplane accident in British Columbia, Canada, just north of Haines, Alaskaa.

Sergeant Bittick was piloting the plane back to Juneau when it crashed during a period of bad weather.

Sergeant Bittick had served with the Alaska State Troopers for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, four adult children and their spouses, and 7 grandchildren.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Overseas

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Hey buddy. Well brotherman, I remember it was November 1993 - a dark and stormy night in Juneau, and I was on a traffic stop with a monster of a drunken badguy at 31 mile with crappy radio service and no backup. The drunk monster decided he wasn’t going to be arrested, and I decided he was. When you showed up, the drunk monster was winning and trying to go for my gun.

I’m still here because you decided to go on a long drive out the road on a really cold and stormy night to give me a drive-by and check on the welfare of a brother officer instead of going home. After we got the drunk monster in cuffs, you stayed to do the impound for me. A week later at JPD night shift briefing , we ALL laughed about how you showed up and I was busily getting my butt handed to me.

I never thanked you then. It wasn’t necessary. It still isn’t. But I know I’m here because you were there.

Bob...I think of you often. Comrades. Buddies. Friends. I’d go through any door with you. Any where, any time, Amigo.

Sr. Det. Kenneth J. Jennings (Retired)
Juneau Police Department

September 5, 2018

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