Conservation Officer
Thomas Jay Deniston
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Tuesday, October 16, 1990

Age: 28
Served: 2 years
Badge #: 18
Military Service: U.S. Air Force
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Aircraft accident
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, October 16, 1990

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Smith Field, Fort Wayne
Incident County:
Allen
Incident Township:
Washington
Weapon Used:

Suspect Info:

Burial Location:
Greenlawn Cemetery, Mexico

   Conservation Officer Thomas Deniston was killed in an aircraft accident at Smith Field in Fort Wayne.

   Conservation Officer Deniston was traveling in 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 were also killed in the crash. Conservation Officer Deniston was investigating deer being hunted illegally and had planned on photographing duck blinds and possible waterfowl bating.

   Conservation Officer Deniston was survived by his wife, four sisters, two brothers and parents.