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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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Can't believe we are approaching 15 years since you were called Home. I can't begin to tell you how much you are missed by your family and friends. We continue to hear stories from officers and citizens whom you touched along your earthly life. We love you lots, Mike, and that will never change! Love ya, mean it!!!!

Lois Rao, Surviving Mother
SCHP Sr. Trp. Michael J. Rao, EOW 6/12/2002
February 9, 2017

 

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