Officer / Pilot Thomas P. McNeff

Officer / Pilot Thomas P. McNeff

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, October 2, 1983

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Thomas P. McNeff

Officer/Pilot Thomas McNeff and Officer/Paramedic Richard Stratman were killed in a helicopter crash during a rainstorm near Marana.

They were en route to pick up a pregnant woman stranded by floodwaters for a medical transport to Tucson when the Bell Jet Ranger helicopter crashed into a flooded field.

Officer McNeff was a military veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for eight years. He was survived by his wife and infant daughter.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1758
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

search and rescue

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Officer McNeff,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam fighting the NVA. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 2, 2023

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