Trooper First Class Arthur W. Plummer, Jr.

Trooper First Class Arthur W. Plummer, Jr.

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Sunday, April 9, 1961

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Arthur W. Plummer, Jr.

Trooper First Class Arthur Plummer was killed in an airplane crash after taking off from the Fox Hill Level area of Assateague Island.

He assisting deputies search for a man who had been reported missing on the island by a ferry operator who had dropped him off one week earlier. Trooper Plummer and a citizen who accompanied him located the man's car, notified searchers on the ground, and landed on the beach nearby. The man was found inside an abandoned Coast Guard station and was being turned over to Coast Guard authorities as Trooper Plummer began to take off.

As the plane took off it struck a guy wire and crashed into the sand, killing Trooper Plummer and the citizen who had accompanied him.

Trooper Plummer had served with the Maryland State Police for almost 15 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aerial search, plane crash

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TFC Plummer,
On today, the 61st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USAAF during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 9, 2022

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