Police Officer James David Ketchum

Police Officer James David Ketchum

Costa Mesa Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, March 10, 1987

James David Ketchum

Officer Ketchum and Officer John Libolt were killed when their helicopter was involved in a midair collision with the Newport Beach Police Department's helicopter while they were giving air support to a vehicle pursuit. The Costa Mesa helicopter's rotor blade sheered off, causing the aircraft to fall from the sky. Newport Beach's helicopter was able to make an emergency landing.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Even after all these years, when I look at "David's" picture, my heart aches. He was a hero in life and his young life held endless possibilities. Your family misses you.

Debbie Sullivan

May 18, 2015

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