Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Conservation Officer Thomas Deniston was killed in an aircraft accident at Smith Field in Fort Wayne.
He was aboard a Cessna 172 Skyhawk when the aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff. The plane became engulfed in flames upon impact and was nearly completely destroyed.
The pilot who was a dispatcher, and a jail officer, both of the Whitley County Sheriff's Department and off duty at the time were also killed in the crash.
Deer being hunted illegally was being investigated by Conservation Officer Deniston who had planned on photographing duck blinds and possible waterfowl baiting.
Conservation Officer Deniston was survived by his wife, four sisters, two brothers and parents.
United States Air Force