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Arkansas GFC Wildlife Officer Dies In Helicopter Crash

November 19, 2008

Arkansas Warden Killed in Helicopter Crash - AGFC PhotoQuitman, AR – An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) wildlife officer was killed early Sunday morning when the helicopter he was in crashed in Cleburne County. The officer was participating in an operation aimed at catching night hunters.

The crash took place at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 about five miles northeast of Quitman on Highway 25. Killed in the crash was wildlife officer Sgt. Monty Carmikle, 45, of Heber Springs.

Sgt. Carmikle, a 23 year veteran of AGFC, was a passenger in a Bell OH-58 helicopter when it went down in a field on private property. The contract helicopter pilot, Jerry Fryar of Ozark, was taken to a Conway hospital where he was treated and released.

This is the first time that an AGFC wildlife officer has died in the line of duty since two officers were killed in a plane crash in the early 70s.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. At this time, there is no indication of what might have caused the crash.

AGFC Chief of Enforcement Mike Knoedl, said that the entire agency is deeply saddened by Carmikle’s death. “Being a wildlife officer is a very dangerous job. We’re trained for just about everything, but in this instance it was out of the officer’s control,” he said.

In 1991, Carmikle was named Wildlife Officer of the Year for the Southeast Region. He is survived by his wife and son.


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