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06-12-09, 01:21 PM #1Rookie
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New Mexico State Police Officer killed in the line of duty.
All AAST members:
We regret to inform you of the death of Sergeant Andrew “Andy” Tingwall of the New Mexico State Police, following a helicopter crash that occurred Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at approximately 9:00 p.m.
Sergeant Tingwall was flying a search and rescue mission in a New Mexico State Police helicopter near the peak of “Santa Fe Baldy” in the vicinity of Lake Catherine , northeast of Santa Fe , New Mexico . The elevation there is approximately 12,200 feet. Sergeant Tingwall and his spotter located a woman who had been reported missing while hiking the high mountain terrain. They landed and picked the woman up and began to take off when the helicopter experienced a tail rotor strike. Sgt Tingwall was gaining altitude when it struck a mountainside, resulting in the helicopter crashing and rolling approximately 800 feet down into a steep ravine/canyon and ejecting all three occupants, including Sergeant Tingwall, the spotter, New Mexico State Police Officer Wes Cox, and the lost hiker.
On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, Officer Cox was able to walk and find his way to a group of rescuers looking for the crash site. He was hospitalized in Santa Fe . Rescuers were unable to reach the crash site because of rough terrain and bad weather (high winds, fog, and approximately 10 inches of snow that began to fall shortly after the crash) until Wednesday night at approximately 7:00 p.m. They were unable to search further due to darkness and the dangerous terrain and began the search of the debris field on Thursday morning, when they discovered the bodies of Sergeant Tingwall and the lost hiker. It was determined that Sergeant Tingwall survived the initial crash and had removed the injured hiker from the wreckage before passing away.
Sergeant Tingwall is survived by his wife, Leighann, a communications supervisor for the New Mexico State Police office in Santa Fe , and two little girls.
Funeral arrangements and other information can be obtained from the New Mexico State Police at (505) 827-9219.
Please keep the Tingwall family as well as the men and women of the New Mexico State Police in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
With Honor and Respect,
American Association of State Troopers
06-12-09, 01:45 PM #2
RIPNever be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
06-12-09, 05:45 PM #3
Condolences to the sergeant's family and coworkers.Be kind, be courteous . . .
and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
06-12-09, 09:39 PM #4
my condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the fallen.
Choose The Right. When you're doing whats right, then you have nothing to worry about.
Not a LEO
In memory of Sgt. Howard K. Stevenson 1965 - 2005. Ceres Police Dept.
In memory of Robert N. Panos 1955 - 2008 Ceres Police Dept.
06-13-09, 09:29 PM #5
RIPJamesDept of the Army Civilian Police"Loyalty above all else, except Honor"Never forget those who fell on 9/11/01S&W beats 4 Aces every time
06-13-09, 09:47 PM #6
RIP my Brother"An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
Some people are meant to be the police......Some people are meant to call the police!!!
"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it."
" I believe that forgiving them (Terrorist) is God's function. OUR job is to arrange the meeting."
General Norman Schwartzkopf
Not all Muslims are Terrorists, but all Terrorists are Muslim.
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06-14-09, 06:48 PM #7
RIPCalm Like A Bomb...
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
06-14-09, 07:26 PM #8
Trumpet Call , As The Sun , Sinks In Fright
Sleep In Peace, Comrade Dear
GOD is Near
Rest in peace, Sgt. Tingwell. My condolences for family, friends and colleagues.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
06-15-09, 11:15 AM #9
Rest in peace.
06-27-09, 03:09 PM #10
06-27-09, 09:34 PM #11
Rest in peace.
06-27-09, 09:35 PM #12
my condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the fallen. R.I.P.
Pretty women make us BUY beer. Ugly women make us DRINK beer. --Al Bundy
06-27-09, 10:50 PM #13
R.I.P.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012
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