Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee
End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Detective Matt Blansett and Sergeant Lee Russell of the Tennessee Highway Patrol were killed in a helicopter crash on Aetna Mountain in Marion County at about 4:00 pm.
The Bell 206 helicopter struck high-tension power lines and crashed into a wooded area near mile marker 163 adjacent to I-24 and SR-134.
Detective Blansett served with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years nd also served as a Marion County Commissioner. He is survived by his wife and two sons.