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Two police officers killed in plane crash mourned

July 19, 2011 |  7:35 am

Local police departments are mourning the deaths of two of their own who were killed in the crash of a small plane in Arizona.

Brian Hayes, 35, and Nicole Anderson, 32, died in the crash Sunday morning at Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport in Winslow, Ariz.

Hayes was a police officer in Anaheim. Anderson, his girlfriend, was an officer with the Simi Valley Police Department.

They were the only passengers aboard the single-engine, fixed-wing Mooney M20F airplane, which went down during takeoff and rolled over.

Hayes had been a police Explorer and reserve officer before being hired full time by the Anaheim Police Department in 1999. He was working patrol at the time of his death, the department said.

Anderson started with the Simi Valley Police Department in 2003. In her career, she worked as a bicycle officer, a member of the department’s crisis negotiation team and, most recently, the department’s youth services officer, the department said.

She received a department award for meritorious service in 2008 for her role in the agency's transition to paperless report writing, a project that required a year to implement.

A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Simi Valley Police Department scheduled for Monday night has been postponed until Aug. 8 because of Anderson’s death.

Information isn't yet available on funeral arrangements for the officers.


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