Park Ranger Ronald Van Trussell

Park Ranger Ronald Van Trussell

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

End of Watch Wednesday, February 7, 1973

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Ronald Van Trussell

Park Ranger Ronald Trussell and Park Ranger Jake Metherell 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 was a United States military veteran and 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
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Nevada

official travel, aircraft accident

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Ranger Trussell,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 7, 2023

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