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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

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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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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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