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Reserve Deputy Sheriff Mark Alan Whitehead | Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

Reserve Deputy Sheriff

Mark Alan Whitehead

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch: Friday, February 26, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Killed in incident

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Reserve Deputy Mark Whitehead and Reserve Sergeant Scott Collins were killed when their patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on I-84, just east of 181st Street.

The drunk driver was travelling in the opposite direction when he lost control of his car at an estimated 105 mph. The vehicle went airborne, crossed over the center divider, and sheared off the top of the patrol car. Both deputies and the other driver, who had a BAC three times the legal limit, were killed instantly.

The two deputies were the first reserve officers to be killed in the line duty from their agency.

Reserve Deputy Whitehead had served with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office for 1.5 years. He is survived by his parents and a brother.

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Reserve Sergeant Scott E. Collins
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon
End of Watch: Friday, February 26, 1993
Cause: Vehicular assault

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Mark,

I think of you often when I travel I-84. The kindred spirit we shared in both law enforcement and in music. It's been nearly 25 years since we traveled to Japan and Korea together with the PYP. Your big brother persona was so appreciated in those days. I realize this posting is more for us then it is for you, but deep down inside I hope you somehow feel our appreciation for the way you positively affected our lives. You are missed and fondly remembered.

Sean
Cousin
February 29, 2016

 

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