Corporal Marcus W. Hood

Corporal Marcus W. Hood

Topeka Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Friday, November 1, 1974

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Marcus W. Hood

Corporal Marcus Hood was killed in a helicopter crash while attempting to make an emergency landing. He was attempting to land in the parking lot of the Topeka Public Library when he took evasive maneuvers to avoid striking a woman and her child.

Corporal Hood had served with the agency for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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I was working at Cross Ambulance when Mark was killed, he was attempting to land his helicopter (TPD radio # 400) at Stormont Vail Hospital ‘s landing pad when something went wrong,, Mark diverted to the parking lot behind the Library across from the hospital and crashed into some parked cars, he was trapped in the burning chopper and died,, He was and is a Hero,, I think of him often,,
RIP Mark ,,

Glenn “Birdman “ Hawks

Glenn Hawks
Cross Ambulance/ Topeka Police

November 20, 2020

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