KCPD Memorial   Lest We Forget
 
 
Sergeant
Jack Steven Shepley
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 1, 1992
Age: 48
DOB: March 1, 1944
Tour of Duty: 15 years
Cause of death: Aircraft accident
 
Police Officer
Stephen Allen Faulkner
Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
End of Watch: December 1, 1992
Age: 35
DOB: February 21, 1957
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Cause of death: Aircraft accident

On Tuesday, December 1, 1992 at 8:51 p.m. Police Officer Stephen Faulkner, who was serving as Spotter, and Sergeant Jack Shepley, Pilot, were in the air for about 20 minutes in their Schweizer 300c helicopter, when they were dispatched to assist other officers involved in a foot chase. On their way to the call, Officer Faulkner radioed an emergency to the dispatcher that they were going down near 23rd and Topping. That was the last radio contact made with the officers. The dispatcher sent emergency equipment to the location, but unfortunately the helicopter was in flames and the two officers were killed in the crash.

Sergeant Shepley joined the Kansas City Police Department after working with the Clay County Sheriff's Department. Sergeant Shepley supervised of one of the two flight crews at the Helicopter Unit.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Shepley, and a son, Ryan Shepley, both of the home; his parents, Laurel and Dorothy Shepley of Ottumwa; two brothers, Alan Shepley, Mount Vernon, Iowa, and Rohn Shepley, Spirit Lake, Iowa; a sister, Rene Ragan, Morristown, N.J.; and his paternal grandmother, Eva Stevens, Ottumwa. Interred: Mt. Moriah Terrace Park, Kansas City North.

Officer Faulkner began his career at the St. Joseph Police Department and worked in the East Patrol Division, and the K9 Unit in 1986, then transfered to the Helicopter Unit in October. Officer Faulkner is survived by his wife, Mary Faulkner, and two sons, Nathaniel Faulkner and Nicholas Faulkner, all of the home; his parents, Richard and Sarah Faulkner of Camdenton, Mo.; two brothers, Rick Blanding, Largo, Fla., and David Faulkner, Camdenton, three sisters, Jamie Heermann, and Robin Cowart of Lebanon, Mo., and Kelly Guess, St. Joseph; and his paternal grandfather, M.C. Faulkner, Hayden Lake, Idaho. Interred. Mt. Moriah Cemetery Park, Kansas City North.