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Fallen Heroes Details

In Memory Of
Jeff Howey
Topeka Police Department, KS
End of watch: 2000-06-13
Aircraft: Schweizer S300C
Pilot Officer Jeff William Howey, 37, died in a crash while assisting on a burglary call in southwest Topeka. The helicopter was orbiting the scene as officers were inside investigating the alarm. Witnesses said the helicopter was circling in a tight pattern when dispatchers received a radio call from the helicopter stating they were going down. The aircraft spun and crashed into a field bursting into flames. Officer Charles Joseph "Joey" Bohlender Jr., 33, the TFO, a nine-year veteran of the department, was also killed.

Officer Howey was an eight-year veteran of the Topeka Police Department. He joined the department in August 1992 and served in the uniform patrol division until transferring to the helicopter unit in October 1998. He received the departments Commendation Bar in 1996. A U.S. Army veteran, Officer Howey served a combined seventeen years with the U.S. Army and U.S. Army National Guard. He is survived by his wife Nina and two daughters.

Thoughts and Memories of Jeff Howey

Jeff is my baby brother, the only boy, in a family of four children. It's been five years and he's missed just as much now as when we lost him five years ago. He loved his country and the flag. He loved to fly and the thing that got us through this tragedy is that he died doing what he loved. I miss you, my little brother.
Pat McBee