Trooper First Class Eric Dwight Monk

Trooper First Class Eric Dwight Monk

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, April 9, 1988

Eric Dwight Monk

Trooper Eric Monk was struck and killed by a vehicle during a traffic stop on US Route 13 in Westover.

He had been with the agency for just over 11 years and was survived by wife, brother, mother, and father.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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Eric was my cousin and very inspirational in my becoming a law enforcement officer. When I was a boy I remember visiting my aunt Faye's and uncle Monk's house hoping Eric would be there in his police car. I would sit behind the wheel, turn the emergency lights on and pretend I was chasing the bad guys. I looked up to Eric so much especially when he was in his pressed uniform and shiny shoes and leather gear. I often told my parents I wanted to be just like Eric. On July 6, 1987 I was hired by the Hampton Police Division and entered the police academy thus beginning my dream of becoming a police officer. Just nine months later I received the tragic news from my father that Eric had been struck during a traffic stop. During the next few days Eric's condition worsened and he passed away on April 9, 1988. The person I looked up to and had so much influence on my life was gone. This was one of the worse days of my life. On the day of the funeral I remember my aunt Faye saying to me with tears coming down her face, "please don't let this happen to you." Over the next 29 years (joined the Accomack County Sheriff's office in Virginia in 1989) I tried to model myself after Eric and be the best officer I could be. Before each tour of duty I would say this prayer, Lord be with me, watch over me and keep me safe." On February 1, 2018 I retired from law enforcement with 30 years of service. I thank the Lord for my career and keeping me safe all these years. Even though we only had Eric for a short time his memory will live with me forever. Hopefully, I made Eric proud and will some day see him again.

Retired Sergeant E. Bryan King, Jr.
Accomack County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

June 9, 2018

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