Trooper Bruce Clark Rankin

Trooper Bruce Clark Rankin

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, April 25, 1973

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Bruce Clark Rankin

Trooper Bruce Rankin was killed when his unmarked cruiser was struck by a tractor-trailer during a heavy rainstorm at 9;30 am.

The tractor-trailer jumped across the median of Route 119 in Greensburg when the driver braked to avoid crashing into another vehicle. Trooper Rankin was traveling south and was hit head-on by the tractor-trailer. He was pinned in the wreckage of his cruiser for over thirty minutes. He was pronounced dead at the Westmoreland Hospital.

Trooper Rankin had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for two years, assigned to Troop A in Greensburg. He was survived by his fiancee, parents, and sister..


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years, 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

patrol, routine driving, vehicle crash, weather

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Trooper Rankin,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 25, 2023

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