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Trooper First Class Donald Eugene Parkerson, Jr. | Maryland State Police, Maryland Maryland State Police, Maryland

Trooper First Class

Donald Eugene Parkerson, Jr.

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 18, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident

Incident Date: 9/18/1973

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Trooper Parkerson and Trooper Charles Rathell were killed when their Bell Jet Ranger helicopter crashed in Beltsville. The crew were attempting an emergency landing after an engine failure.
Trooper Parkerson had been with the agency for three years.

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Trooper First Class Charles Straining Rathell
Maryland State Police, Maryland
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 18, 1973
Cause: Aircraft accident

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I was in Parkie's academy class. We worked together at the Waldorf Barrack, and when I transferred to Salisbury, he went into the Aviation Division. I was devastated when I heard of his death.

He proudly served our country in Vietnam and he proudly served the people of Maryland.

He will never be forgotten.

Sergeant John R. Somers, Ret.
Maryland State Police
March 14, 2011

 

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