State Park Ranger Joseph A. Carr

State Park Ranger Joseph A. Carr

Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Maryland Park Service, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, April 13, 1978

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Joseph A. Carr

Ranger Carr suffered a fatal heart attack while making a drug-related arrest in the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County, Maryland. The Maryland State Park Service has since been reorganized into the Maryland State Forest and Park Service.

Ranger Carr had been with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Maryland Park Service for ten years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 450

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

narcotics, arrest

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Ranger Carr, I came across your stone today at the overlook. You died almost a year before I was born. There is a lot of growth here blocking the view, but I suppose it’s a good metaphor. We’ve had a lot of growth in our world since you left, and perhaps now a lot of “overgrowth.” We are need of trimming both. Your memorial made me stop and pause.

A park visitor

June 9, 2022

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