Trooper Carey S. Poetzman

Trooper Carey S. Poetzman

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Sunday, January 19, 1986

Carey S. Poetzman

Trooper Carey Poetzman and Corporal Gregory May were killed in a helicopter accident while returning from a medical transport request.

The officers had been dispatched from the Frederick Airport, in Frederick County, to Carroll County, for a gunshot victim. Their helicopter encountered Instrument Meteorological Conditions and crashed in a heavily wooded area of Leakin Park, located in Baltimore City, Maryland.

Trooper Poetzman had served with the agency for 6 years. She was survived by her husband.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Carey, I remember meeting you on Route 50 in Prince George's County, Md. You had made a traffic stop near the D.C. border and I pulled in behind you. We both approached the violator's vehicle. You by the driver's window while I stood by the right rear passenger door. I didn't say a word to the occupants. Didn't need to. You demonstrated the epitome of a professional interaction. Firm, but pleasant while constantly vigilant.

We chatted briefly while I stood at your driver's window while you wrote a citation. I am not sure what the offense was. I guessed speeding, but candidly, my eyes never left the suspect's vehicle.

After the stop we chatted for awhile in the median strip. You mentioned you like "the road" (Patrol) but your goal was Aviation. When I left to handle a call at PG General Hospital (aggravated assault) I thought your professionalism, pleasant demeanor and ambition would serve you well as you work your way to the Aviation Unit. It certainly did as you met your goal and served your agency proudly.

Thirty one years and one day ago, MSP lost a great trooper and medic. The country's law enforcement community lost a true professional. And the planet lost one genuinely fine human being.

R.I.P. Sister. See you down the road.

With much respect,
Major Dave Crawford (retired)
Prince George's County Police

Major Dave Crawford
Prince George's County Police

January 20, 2018

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