Private John William Leatherbury, Jr.

Private John William Leatherbury, Jr.

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, March 21, 1968

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John William Leatherbury, Jr.

Private John Leatherbury was killed in a police helicopter accident while assisting officers who were searching a bank building that had been found with an open door.

The Hughes 300 helicopter was hovering over the bank when its main rotor blades struck power lines and crashed onto a parking deck at Iverson Mall. Private Leatherbury and the civilian pilot were both killed instantly.

The police department was leasing the helicopter for a three week period as it evaluated whether or not to start a helicopter unit.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

March 21, 2021

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