Senior Trooper Michael Joseph Rao

Senior Trooper Michael Joseph Rao

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Add to My Heroes

Michael Joseph Rao

Trooper Michael Rao succumbed to injuries received two days earlier when he was struck by a pickup truck, while assisting a motorist at 0830 hours on southbound I-95 near Manning, South Carolina.

The pickup truck veered off of the road, struck his patrol car and the other vehicle before landing on Trooper Rao. Trooper Rao was flown to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Trooper Rao was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for four years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, parents, and sister.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 941
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Monday, June 10, 2002

Most Recent Reflection

View all 117 Reflections

Jacqui, I would have loved to speak with you to thank you for all you did for our son during those dark days at the hospital. We hope that the organs harvested from Mike are doing well in the recepients. Is there any way to meet those people?

Our deepest gratitude to you.

Lois Rao, Surviving Mother
South Carolina Highway Patrol, EOW June 12, 2002

September 13, 2019

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.