End of Watch:
February 11, 2000
Utah Highway Patrol
Lieutenant Thomas S. Rettberg died in a helicopter accident.
At approximately 2:00 p.m., Lieutenant Rettberg and civilian mechanic Thomas Bahoravitch were performing a maintenance check of a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter near 1500 South and Redwood Road. Witnesses say that a part separated from the aircraft while it was performing a practice dive. Instead of recovering from the dive, the aircraft slammed into a muddy embankment killing both occupants. Lieutenant Rettberg was married and the father of three daughters. He was cremated and his ashes scattered across the eastern slopes of Mount Timpanogos.
The bronze memorial name plaque of Lieutenant Thomas S. Rettberg is sponsored by the Utah Highway Patrol Association.