Park Ranger Ronald V. Trussell

Park Ranger Ronald V. Trussell

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, February 7, 1973

Ronald V. Trussell

Park Ranger Robert Metherell and Park Ranger Ronald Trussell were killed in an airplane crash while en route from Cedar City, Utah, to Boise, Idaho.

They were traveling to attend a conference when the Mooney M20E plane that Ranger Metherell was piloting crashed near Elko, Nevada. The wreckage was located and recovered on April 3rd, 1973.

Ranger Trussell had served with the National Park Service for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and one child.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Nevada

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Ranger Trussel,
On today, the 43rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Ranger who was also killed in that crash for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 8, 2016

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