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Fallen Heroes Details



In Memory Of
Joe Nicolle
Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, OK
End of watch: 1990-07-26
Aircraft: Robinson R22B
Shortly after noon Trooper Nicolle was piloting the OHP helicopter out of Muskogee, Oklahoma, enroute to Watts, in Adair County, to assist Adair County authorities in locating and eradicating a large marijuana field.

As Trooper Nicolle was flying over United States Highway 62, southwest of Tahlequah, the helicopter struck a power line, and crashed on the shoulder of the road.

Trooper Nicolle was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Thoughts and Memories of Joe Nicolle

I have wonderful memories of my son Joe, the 8 years he was in the Oklahoma Higway Patrol were some of the happiest times of his life. When he found out they were going to purchase a helicopter, he took helicopter flying lessons so (hopefully) he would be chosen as one of their pilots. He had loved helicopters since he was about 9 years old and we lived behind the Robinson Helicopter Factory. He would sit on the back fence and watch them test fly them. He said, "When I grow up I'm going to fly one of those." Sadly, he was killed in one on his 39th birthday. But, he left behind 4 really wonderful children, 2 sons and 2 daughters.
Louetta Nicolle
2007-07-26
Trooper Nicolle obviously had a strong impact on the way his two son's were raised. I have the priviledge of working with Joe's son Jimmy and he displays the integrity and loyalty of the U.S Army and the Oklahoma highway Patrol which were instilled in him as a child. Jimmy has told me on several occasions that the memory of his father Joe is what keeps him going and keeps his loyalty and honor at the utmost highest level. I depend on Jimmy at our work place he is my best friend and the most reliable person I work with. Thank you Trooper Nicolle for the values your son Jimmy posses!! You will never be forgotten!!!!
Michael Dean
2007-05-15

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