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Fallen Heroes Details



In Memory Of
Jesse Dobson
Florida Law Department of Enforcement, FL
End of watch: 1991-08-30
Aircraft: Robinson R22B
Police Officer Pilot Special Agent Jesse B. Dobson was killed when his helicopter struck a guy wire.

Thoughts and Memories of Jesse Dobson

Jesse, (J.B.) Dobson was without question, a master at aerial detection of marijuana. He was an outdoorsman, and able to detect what "didn't look right," when flying over wooded terrain. He had an uncanny knack and eye for spotting dope, and was responsible for making a substantial impact in detecting and eradicating domestic marijuana in the State of Florida during the 1980's, and early 1990's.

J.B. was a member of the Florida Highway Patrol for many years, became an FHP pilot in the Florida panhandle area where he honed his skills; eventually mastering the art of aerial marijuana detection.

His detection abilities became well known in aerial law enforcement circles, and he was recruited by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, (FDLE), as a member of their elite Domestic Marijuana Eradication program. During this time, J.B. was responsible for detecting and assisting to eradicate domestic marijuana plants numbering well into the hundreds of thousands throughout the State of Florida.

J.B. was a friend to many, and will be remembered for his quick wit, crazy antics, and great sense of humor. He loved the game of baseball, and competed in the police olympics as well.

He was an outstanding pilot, and routinely flew missions from dawn to dusk during the growing season.

He loved his job as a Law Enforcement Pilot, and was an inspiration for others to follow. He died doing what he loved, and will be fondly remembered for many things. His call sign was "Diamond Back."

Prior to beginning flight operations just before engine start-up, he'd always recite a phrase that went like this: "It's Show time."

J.B. was a class act. (Gone, but not forgotten.)
Bill Bertrand - FHP - West Palm Beach, FL
2007-01-17

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