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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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Dad, you have no clue how much I miss you right now. I'm in the guidance office right now because I haven't been able to get you out of my head all day long. My classes and grades are coming along well. If nobody has told you about me lately, I will myself. I'm in JROTC and in the Spartan Chorus as well. I have been trying to rank lately, and I am a P.F.C. I have a color guard tonight, if I can pull myself together. I am taking a public safety class and learning the foundations of criminal law. I have been heavily considering going into the military. I know you would have so much to say about that and I feel like you are trying to tell me, but right now I can't hear you. Say it louder please? Christmas this year will be hard; I can tell. It seems to get harder every year. But today was especially bad. I hope I have been making you proud because I strive to do so daily. I love you so much. I miss you. Happy late birthday.
- With love, Autumn

December 9, 2014


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