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Senior Trooper Charles Mark Cosslett | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia

Senior Trooper

Charles Mark Cosslett

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 968

Cause: Motorcycle accident

Incident Date: 10/23/2002

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Trooper Charles Cosslett was killed in a motorcycle accident on I-95 near Backlick Road south of I-495 in the Springfield area of Fairfax County.

Trooper Cosslett was responding to a sniper-related shooting call at 1735 hours and driving on the right shoulder around rush hour traffic when a tow-truck veered onto the shoulder from the right lane. The motorcycle struck the tow-truck, killing Trooper Cosslett instantly.

Trooper Cosslett was scheduled to be off the day he was killed but reported to work to help other officers search for a sniper who had killed ten people and wounded another three in the Washington metro area. The shooting call he was responding to turned out to be unfounded. The two suspects in the sniper case were arrested at 0300 hours the next morning near Frederick, Maryland.

Trooper Cosslett was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and had been employed with the Virginia State Police for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, 3-year-old son, and 2-year-old daughter.

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Bro,

I wish I could say this day brings back memories of the hurt and pain from that day, as if this anniversary was the only time that those feelings occurred. Unfortunately... I still feel them everyday. I did realize something this morning though, that I'm making progress.

Last night we took the girls to an event that they just loved, and I was so happy watching through their eyes, how much they enjoyed it. This morning I realized that we were seated in the same section that you and I had sat for some other different events. If I had thought about it last night, if might have taken away from my joy of watching them.

While I'm glad that didn't happen, I feel sad that I didn't remember then. I know I shouldn't feel this way and you would say to get over it, but it's just the things that go through my head, especially this time of year. While I do concentrate on the positives, my mind does wander off for no reason about things that I know I can't change and aren't healthy to fixate on.

I'll never forget you bro, and if it were possible to flip a switch and forget all the bad memories, but at the sacrifice of also including the good ones...I'd never touch it. The good memories still outweigh all the bad...love you bro.

"A Brother"
"WWD&MD"
October 23, 2014

 

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