Trooper First Class Donald Eugene Parkerson, Jr.

Trooper First Class Donald Eugene Parkerson, Jr.

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, September 18, 1973

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Donald Eugene Parkerson, Jr.

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.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Parkie and I went through our medical training together at the Trauma Center, Burn Center etc. when we joined Aviation. We lost a lot of good men and women. God rest their souls.

Sergeant Ralph W. Smith, Ret.
Maryland State Police

September 16, 2016

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