Officer Esther Todecheene

Died on June 8, 1998

Age 24
Navajo Department of Public Safety
Accidental: Vehicle Accident

Officer Todecheene was killed in a single-car rollover crash near Halchita, a small community south of Mexican Hat. The 24-year-old victim and another officer in a separate vehicle were dispatched on a report of an alcohol party. When the other officer located the party, Officer Todecheene advised by radio that she was en route to his location. After she failed to arrive, officers searched the area and discovered the crash. Investigators determined that Officer Todecheene failed to negotiate a turn on a dirt road and suffered fatal head trauma after being ejected. Survived by her parents and siblings, she is buried in a family cemetery in Arizona. Her bronze memorial plaque is sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Police Department.


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2 responses to “Officer Esther Todecheene”

  1. BL Smith says:

    We at the Utah Fallen are looking for contact information for Officer Todecheene’s family and relatives. If anyone can help us with this (it is kept confidential and only used to contact family when events related to Utah’s Fallen Officer events occur)it would be greatly appreciated.

    My contact information is BL Smith Sandy City Police 10000 South Centennial Parkway, Sandy Utah 84070 801 568-7240.

  2. […] 1998, Navajo Department of Public Safety Officer ESTHER TODECHEENE became the first female police officer to die in the line of duty in Utah. She was killed in a […]

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