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Deputy Charles Barton | Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy

Charles Barton

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 22, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: Not available

Badge # 8709

Cause: Aircraft accident

Location: Georgia

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Deputy Charles Barton was killed in a commuter plane crash.

Deputy Barton was on duty, en route to Gulfport, Mississippi, for an extradition case when the plane he was on crashed in Carrolton, Georgia, minutes after takeoff from Atlanta, Georgia. The plane experienced a loss of a propeller blade. Deputy Barton and another Loudoun County deputy survived the initial crash, but he stayed aboard the burning wreckage, allowing others to exit before him, saving the lives of several people. He died later at a hospital due to injuries received after the plane crashed.

The captain flying the plane and four passengers sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Three other passengers, including Deputy Barton, died of injuries in the following 30 days. The first officer, flight attendant, and 11 passengers sustained serious injuries, and eight passengers sustained minor injuries.

Because of Deputy Barton's efforts, only five other people died at the scene of the plane crash. He is survived by his wife and son.

The Stewart-Barton Lodge 70, of the Fraternal Order of Police in Leesburg, Virginia, is named in part for Deputy Barton.

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I had to do a class discussion honoring a fallen officer. I chose Virginia because that is where I am from and your name came up. Having read all the truly wonderful things people have said about you I almost feel like I know you myself, and I wish I could have met you in person. You seem as though you were filled with love and honor, caring about everyone around you as if they were your family. I pray that you are resting in paradise sir. You were certainly taken from this earth far too soon.

Danielle Sandlin, U.S. Navy Veteran
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Student
March 7, 2016

 

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