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 at 5:15 p.m.

Trooper Rathell was a United States Navy veteran and had served with the Maryland State Police for almost six years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and sister.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

helicopter crash, mechanical failure

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TFC Rathell,
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 Maryland. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 18, 2023

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