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In the Line of Duty
Douglas “Doug” Ritchie, 56 - Palmer, AK
Douglas “Doug” Ritchie Pilot State of Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection Palmer, AK Age: 56 Gender: Male Status: Wildland-Contract Years of Service: 8 Date of Incident: June 26, 2022 Date of Death: June 26, 2022 On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Pilot Douglas "Doug" Ritchie, the sole occupant of a Bell UH1B Helicopter, was supporting firefighting efforts at the Clear Wildland Fire, when the helicopter crashed after takeoff, killing Pilot Ritchie. Investigation into the incident continues.