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Senior Trooper Michael Joseph Rao | South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

Senior Trooper

Michael Joseph Rao

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 941

Military veteran

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 6/10/2002

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Trooper Michael Rao succumbed to injuries received two days earlier when he was struck by a pickup truck, while assisting a motorist at 0830 hours on southbound I-95 near Manning, South Carolina.

The pickup truck veered off of the road, struck his patrol car and the other vehicle before landing on Trooper Rao. Trooper Rao was flown to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Trooper Rao was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for four years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, parents, and sister.

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Thank you, Danny, for remembering Mike! He was indeed a special friend, the type of guy that comes along once or twice in a lifetime! One way that we honor Mike every year is by going down to the white cross marker we set on Interstate 95, mile marker 125 Southbound, and change the flowers. Next year in 2017 we will observe the 15th anniversary of Mike's End of Watch. His daughter is so beautiful and looks just like Mike--a real testament that he lives on in such a special way!

Lois Rao, Surviving Mother
SCHP Sr. Trooper Michael J. Rao, EOW 6/12/2012
November 16, 2016

 

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