Trooper First Class Charles Straining Rathell

Trooper First Class Charles Straining Rathell

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Tuesday, September 18, 1973

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Charles Straining Rathell

Trooper First Class Charles Rathell and Trooper First Class Donald Parkerson were killed when their Bell Jet Ranger helicopter crashed near the intersection of Muirkirk Road and Route 1.

They were attempting an emergency landing after an engine failure.

Trooper Rathell had served with the Maryland State Police for almost six years.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash, mechanical failure

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Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 18, 2020

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