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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Sir, I was not even born yet in 1983 but my dad was a pilot at the Tucson Police Air Support Unit and to this day after 30 years speaks very highly of you. You will never be forgotten.

Mike Brasch
Son of Retired Tucson Police Officer

October 1, 2013

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