Officer Hestikind jumped into the Potomac River to rescue a motorist whose vehicle had slid into the icy waters during a severe winter storm. After his successful rescue, Officer Hestikind was forced by circumstances to ride his Force motorcycle home in wet clothes. Over the next hours he became ill and was transported to a local hospital. He was diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia and died a week later on February 18, 1936.
He was 35 years old and had served on the United States Park Police for 10 years.
We honor his service and commitment to duty.