Sergeant David Cargene May

Sergeant David Cargene May

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch Monday, May 17, 1999

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David Cargene May

Sergeant David May was killed in a police helicopter crash while following the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. Witnesses stated that the tail rotor on the chopper stopped turning, causing him to lose control of the helicopter, which went into a spin and crashed.

The passenger in the helicopter, a Special Olympics photographer, was also killed.

Sergeant May had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. He had been a pilot for the Missouri State Highway Patrol since 1990.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 873

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Well David, another year has passed and everyday I think of you, especially when I see a helicopter fly over. Its been many years since that fateful day and I as well as countless others have not forgotten the dedicated service that you provided to the State of Missouri. There have been a lot of changes in the MSHP since you've been gone and more of our officers have gone on to the "Great Beyond". God speed brother, hope to see you again someday.

Your Friend,


Sgt (ret) Jerome W Burford
Missouri State Highway Patrol

May 16, 2016

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