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Constable Spencer Gilbert Heathcote
Northwest Mounted Police

End of Watch: Thursday, December 26, 1901

Biographical Info
Age: 30
Tour of Duty: 1 year
Badge Number: 3463

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Drowned
Date of Incident: Thursday, December 26, 1901
Incident Location: Northwest Territories
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Constable Spencer Heathcote was stationed at the Stikine River just inside the Canadian Boundary.

While on patrol with fellow officers Constable Norman Campbell and Constable Michael Fitzgerald, they were attempting to reach Wrangell, Alaska to take some holiday leave. They were in an old boat that was described as old-fashioned and not reliable. During the crossing a very violent storm hit the area. The officers were thrown into the water and attempted to reach shore. Only Constable Fitzgerald made it to shore suffering severe hypothermia. He somehow managed to survive the ordeal. Constable Campbell and Constable Heathcote were not as fortunate. They perished in the water.

Constable Heathcoate's body was found on May 10, 1901. Constable Campbell's body was never recovered.

Related Line of Duty Deaths
Patch image: Northwest Mounted Police, FederalConstable Norman Malcolm Campbell
Northwest Mounted Police, CAN
EOW: Thursday, December 26, 1901
Cause of Death: Drowned

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