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Senior Trooper Douglas Wayne Bland | West Virginia State Police, West Virginia West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

Senior Trooper

Douglas Wayne Bland

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 19, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 1/18/1999

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Trooper Douglas Bland was killed in a single car collision while responding to an accident call.

At 19:28 hours on January 18, 1999, Trooper Bland was dispatched to a vehicle accident by Pocahontas County dispatch. After Trooper Bland failed to arrive at the scene and failed to answer radio calls, other officers began to search for him. At approximately 21:30 hours, a civilian employee of the Pocahontas County Sheriff's Department located Trooper Bland's cruiser overturned in Knapps Creek next to West Virginia Route 39. The trooper was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 00:09 hours on January 19.

Trooper Bland had been employed with the West Virginia State Police for three years and is survived by his wife and his child.

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Don't ever stop talking to your Daddy, he is right there, just a whisper away. He hears you, like all of the spirits resting with our Lord God. Keep him close and know that he is watching down on you, and I know he is proud of you, just like all of us right here on earth are!!!

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July 12, 2016


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