Joseph E. Nicolle
Badge #750
39th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy

Shortly after noon on July 26, 1990, 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 Nicolle was flying over Unites States Highway 62, southwest of Tahlequah, the helicopter struck a power line, and crashed on the shoulder of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 

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