Lieutenant Charles Matthew Turner

Lieutenant Charles Matthew Turner

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, April 4, 1996

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.

Bio

  • 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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