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Fallen Heroes Details

In Memory Of
Chance Whiteman
Tulsa Police Department, OK
End of watch: 1982-03-26
Aircraft: Hughes 300C
Officer Chance Whiteman died when the police helicopter he was piloting crashed while assisting patrol units during a pursuit. Also killed was Officer Kelly L. Smythe.

Radio contact was lost with the helicopter during the pursuit. The helicopter struck a tree and crashed a half-mile west of U.S. 75 just south of 66th Street North. The driver of the car was arrested. The helicopter program was only 10 days old at the time of the crash.

Thoughts and Memories of Chance Whiteman

Officer Whiteman was my husband. It has been 23 years since his death and the memories will never leave. He is thought of every day. He gave so much and worked so hard to start the helicopter program in Tulsa, OK, he was so proud. He always lives in my heart and the hearts of his family, friends and fellow officers. We miss you Chance.
Judy Whiteman-Braughton