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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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Mike was one of my best friends in high school. I still think of him often, and I always smile. He helped bring me out of my shell, start meeting new people, and having fun. Riding through the back roads of Lancaster, and parking at the river where the conversations seemed to never end. I remember hanging out with him for the last time before he left for his time in the Navy. He told me that he was going to do great things with his life. He did great things, and he will always be remembered. Rest in Peace, and know that your friends and family will always keep your memory alive.

Frank Rollings
High School Friend
June 13, 2017

 

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