Park Ranger Gregory Scott Burdine

Park Ranger Gregory Scott Burdine

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

End of Watch Saturday, November 26, 1977

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Gregory Scott Burdine

Park Ranger Gregory Burdine was killed in a vehicle crash while pursuing a vehicle for speeding near Bellfield Plantation in Colonial National Historic Park, Virginia.

Ranger Burdine was running radar when he clocked the vehicle at 72 mph in a 45 mph zone. He pursued the suspect for three minutes before losing sight of him, which he reported to his dispatcher. Two minutes later he failed to negotiate a curve and his patrol car struck two trees at an estimated 100 mph. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A suspect was located and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, driving on a revoked license, and evading a police officer. The man was sentenced to 15 months, loss of his license, and fined $500.

Ranger Burdine was survived by his wife.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Location Virginia
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 months

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Greg and I were dear friends in college, the University of Missouri. He was hired by the NPS shortly before I began service as a mounted park ranger in St. Louis County. I was devastated when notified by his wife, Peggy, of his untimely passing. I've thought of Greg often and hoped only the best for her.

Joe Burkart
Former Park Ranger

November 25, 2021

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