TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A sergeant with the Tucson Police Department died in an crash early Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The department said Timothy Froebe was off-duty when he was involved in an ultralight aircraft crash in Benson.
Witnesses said they could hear Froebe manipulating the aircraft’s throttle before the crash. Investigators told KOLD News 13 Froebe took of from the Benson Airport, where he had a hanger.
The Benson Police Department is investigating the accident.
“It is with much sadness that the Tucson Police Department announces the death of Sgt. Froebe,” the TPD said in a news release.
Froebe served in the Marine Corps from 1978-2012 and achieved the rank of Colonel, according to the TPD.
Froebe joined the TPD as a patrol officer in January 1995 and was promoted to sergeant in October 2007. His most recent assignment was supervisor of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit.
The TPD said he received numerous departmental awards including the Medal of Merit, Medal of Distinguished Service, and the Chief’s Citation of Excellence.
Froebe is survived by his wife and four children.
“The Tucson Police Department extends our deepest condolences to Sergeant Froebe’s family and friends,” the TPD said in a news release. “He was loved and respected by so many at TPD and he will be deeply missed.”