Lieutenant Charles Matthew Turner

Lieutenant Charles Matthew Turner

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, April 4, 1996

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Charles Matthew Turner

Lieutenant Turner was killed when his helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Charleston. The helicopter crashed into a residential hillside between two houses.

A retired West Virginia state trooper was also killed in the accident.

The accident was later determined to be a result of the helicopter manufacturer's inadequate maintenance service bulletin inspection interval, which failed to provide timely detection of pre-existing fatigue cracks in the tail boom.

Lieutenant Turner had served with the agency for 17 years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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I found the site about one month ago as I was thinking about all the people that I was kind to me when I was much younger. I met Officer Turner when I was in my late teens or early twenties. I am now 58 years old. I worked at Buddys Discount on Route 52 in Welch, WV from the age of 16-26. It is now the office of human services. Matthew worked at the state police headquarters. I sometimes had to catch a ride home from work and he would give me a ride and say don't tell anyone.

When I was in my early thirties, I was working with J.C. Penney and I was training in the Huntington, WV store. He and his family were walking through the store and he said hello Cornell. At first I did not recognize him and then he stated his name. After talking, he gave me his name and stated that I should be careful in the city where the Huntington Mall is located and if I get stopped or if I have any trouble from the police that I should let them know I know him and call him immediately.

I never had to call him for that, but I used his card one evening when returning from Welch traveling back home to Clarksburg, WV. I will always been thankful for his kindness and protection he gave me. I have over the years given to the police drives because of not just him, but the other police officers that was very kind to me while I worked at Buddy's Discount on Route 52, Welch WV.

Rev. Cornell L. Newbill

Not an officer - Rev. Cornell L. Newbill

February 3, 2018

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