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Trooper Fredrick Christian Kielhorn
September 9, 1961
Trooper Fredrick Christian Kielhorn
Trooper Fredrick Christian Kielhorn
Lost In The Line of Duty
 
Trooper Fredrick Christian Kielhorn died on September 9, 1961 in a plane crash near the Mennonite School between West Salem and Dayton.  He was 36 years old and was assigned to McMinnville and served the Oregon State Police for 10 years with a previous assignment in Baker City. 
 
Yamhill County Sheriff W.L. “Bud” Mekkers, Trooper Dave Tindall, and Trooper Kielhorn were extraditing a prisoner from Lompoc, CA to McMinnville to face criminal charges in Yamhill County when their plane crashed.  Sheriff Mekkers and Trooper Tindall were seriously injured but eventually recovered.  The prisoner was not injured but voluntarily remained with Trooper Tindall until he was identified as a prisoner and taken into custody at the Salem Hospital.  Trooper Kielhorn is survived by a wife, son, and daughter.