Reserve Deputy Sheriff Mark Alan Whitehead

Reserve Deputy Sheriff Mark Alan Whitehead

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Friday, February 26, 1993

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Mark Alan Whitehead

Reserve Deputy Mark Whitehead and Reserve Sergeant Scott Collins were killed when their patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on I-84, just east of 181st Street.

The drunk driver was travelling in the opposite direction when he lost control of his car at an estimated 105 mph. The vehicle went airborne, crossed over the center divider, and sheared off the top of the patrol car. Both deputies and the other driver, who had a BAC three times the legal limit, were killed instantly.

The two deputies were the first reserve officers to be killed in the line duty from their agency.

Reserve Deputy Whitehead had served with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office for 1.5 years. He is survived by his parents and a brother.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Killed in incident

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Mark it’s been almost 29 years when I first met you at the reserve academy. I saw this kid who didn’t look old enough to be out of high school. You tagged along with Steve S and I like a puppy dog. You were so anxious to learn. When you graduated from the reserve academy you couldn’t wait to go out and use everything you learned. I still remember how your uniform fit. You still looked so young but you grew up so much. You were ready to tackle the world. I will always remember you.

Retired Brian McNeel
Beaverton PD

May 11, 2020

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