Officer Norris Epps, Jr. was killed in the line of duty in 1995.
Tampa Police - January 18, 1995, Officer Norris Epps Jr., 30, and police pilot Dan Gilligan were searching Old Tampa Bay at night for a missing Orlando firefighter when their helicopter slammed into the water on the south side of the Howard Frankland Bridge.
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Officer Ed Bowden, who jumped into the bay using his squad car's back seat for a flotation device, rescued Gilligan. However, Officer Epps slipped under the 65-degree water and disappeared. His body was found a week later.
Epps, a six-year patrol veteran, was on temporary assignment as a flight observer before reaching his choice assignment: a canine handler.
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