Corporal Virgle Dewey Knight, Jr.

Corporal Virgle Dewey Knight, Jr.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Tuesday, July 23, 1985

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Virgle Dewey Knight, Jr.

Corporal Virgle Knight, Special Deputy Ronald Terwilliger, and Sergeant Gerald Chirrick were killed in a helicopter crash while conducting a marijuana eradication operation.

The helicopter crashed after striking power lines as it took off from the parking area of the Canton Creek Campground in the Umppqua National Forest.

Corporal Knight had served with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 111

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident


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Cpl Knight,
On today, the 32nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and the other Officers who were on that helicopter with you for your service and sacrifice for for the citizens of Douglas County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 23, 2017

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