Senior Trooper Douglas Wayne Bland

Senior Trooper Douglas Wayne Bland

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, January 19, 1999

Douglas Wayne Bland

Trooper Douglas Bland was killed in a single car collision while responding to an accident call.

At 19:28 hours on January 18, 1999, Trooper Bland was dispatched to a vehicle accident by Pocahontas County dispatch. After Trooper Bland failed to arrive at the scene and failed to answer radio calls, other officers began to search for him. At approximately 21:30 hours, a civilian employee of the Pocahontas County Sheriff's Department located Trooper Bland's cruiser overturned in Knapps Creek next to West Virginia Route 39. The trooper was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 00:09 hours on January 19.

Trooper Bland had been employed with the West Virginia State Police for three years and is survived by his wife and his child.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Monday, January 18, 1999

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I graduated last night... and I know you were there in spirit and in mind but I so desperately wish you could have been there in person. I glued my favorite picture of you onto my cap and you walked with me. I know you wouldn't have missed that for the world and I know that you didn't. Life is getting so much easier, yet so much harder at the same time without you here, cheering me on.

This past February I finally got a tattoo in your honor and memory. It's a little sloth wearing a green campaign hat and he has your eyes and he's holding a black rose with a blue ribbon wrapped around the stem. Your unit number is in the ribbon and I named the sloth Barney. After one of your favorite characters.

My Cruiser joined you about a year and a half ago. I know you're taking care of him and I know that he loves you and everyone else and I know y'all love him with all of your hearts.

Take care Daddy. I love you so much.

With all the love in the world.


May 29, 2018

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