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Fallen Heroes

Maryland's Finest Killed in the Line of Duty

 
Name End of Watch Cause of Death  
Trooper First Class Shaft Hunter 5/21/2011 Vehicle Pursuit  
Trooper First Class Wesley Brown 6/11/2010 Gunfire  
Trooper First Class Mickey Lippy 9/27/2008 Aircraft Accident  
Pilot / Corporal (Ret.) Stephen H. Bunker 9/27/2008 Aircraft Accident  
Trooper First Class Anthony Jones 5/9/2004 Struck by Vehicle  
Corporal Edward M. Toatley 10/30/2000 Gunfire  
Trooper Raymond G. Armstead, Jr. 3/25/1998 Automobile Accident  
Trooper First Class Joseph T. Lanzi, Sr. 10/28/1995 Automobile Accident  
Trooper First Class Edward A. Plank, Jr. 10/17/1995 Gunfire  
Trooper First Class Mark P. Groner 10/1/1992 Automobile Accident  
Corporal Theodore D. Wolf, Sr. 3/29/1990 Gunfire  
Trooper First Class Eric D. Monk 4/9/1988 Struck by Vehicle  
Trooper Larry E. Small 3/18/1987 Automobile Accident  
Trooper First Class John E. Sawa 3/10/1987 Automobile Accident  
Trooper First Class Carey S. Poetzman 1/19/1986 Aircraft Accident  
Corporal Gregory A. May 1/19/1986 Aircraft Accident  
Trooper Gary L. Wade 1/30/1982 Struck by Vehicle  
Trooper First Class William P. Mills, Jr. 6/8/1979 Gunfire  
Trooper Gregg A. Presbury, Sr. 12/17/1977 Gunfire  
Sergeant Wallace J. Mowbray 8/10/1975 Gunfire  
Trooper Mart Hudson, Jr. 6/16/1975 Struck by Vehicle  
Trooper Milton V. Purnell, Jr. 5/29/1975 Automobile Accident  
Trooper First Class Charles S. Rathell 9/18/1973 Aircraft Accident  
Trooper First Class Donald E. Parkerson, Jr. 9/18/1973 Aircraft Accident  
Trooper First Class Phillip L. Russ 10/28/1972 Aircraft Accident  
Trooper First Class Thomas A. Noyle 10/28/1972 Aircraft Accident  
Trooper First Class Arthur W. Plummer, Jr. 4/9/1961 Aircraft Accident  
Lieutenant Leonard N. Brown 7/7/1958 Gunfire  
Trooper First Class Lauren M. Ridge 7/14/1950 Gunfire  
Quartermaster Sergeant Ellsworth D. Dryden 10/7/1938 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer J.F. Leo Shaab 7/22/1937 Motorcycle Accident  
Quartermaster Sergeant Wilbert V. Hunter 2/7/1936 Exposure  
Officer First Class Carroll C. Creeger 12/23/1934 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer Joseph E. Kuhn 4/8/1934 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer First Class Imla D. Hubbard 3/4/1933 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer Theodore A. Moore 9/25/1932 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer Clinton R. Rhodes 1/28/1931 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer James S. Noon 12/25/1927 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer Albert E. Cramblitt 10/1/1925 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer Hugh K. Painter 3/3/1924 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer Raymond P. Eicholtz 5/27/1923 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer William C. Lochner 4/20/1923 Motorcycle Accident  
Officer John W. Jeffrey 9/21/1921 Motorcycle Accident  

 

Trooper First Class
Shaft Hunter
End of Watch: 5/21/2011
Age: 39
Years of Service: 11
Cause of Death: Vehicle Pursuit
National Memorial Panel:

Trooper Shaft Hunter was killed when his patrol car collided with the back of a tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of I-95 in Howard County at approximately 2:40 am. It is believed that he was pursuing a speeding motorcycle when the collision occurred.

Trooper Hunter was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Maryland State Police for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and six children.




 


Trooper First Class

Wesley Brown
End of Watch: 6/11/2010
Age: 24
Years of Service: 3
Cause of Death: Gunfire
National Memorial Panel: 19-E: 27


TFC Brown PictureTrooper Wesley Brown was shot and killed at approximately 12:40 am while working an off duty security detail at a restaurant in Forestville, Maryland.

Earlier in the evening Trooper Brown had escorted a patron out of the restaurant who had refused to pay a bill. Trooper Brown was standing in the parking lot talking on his cell phone when the man returned and fatally shot him without warning.

Two men, including the one that Trooper Brown had escorted out of the restaurant, were arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Trooper Brown had served with the Maryland State Police for three years and was assigned to the Forestville Barracks. He is survived by his fiancee 


 


Trooper First Class

Mickey Lippy
End of Watch: 9/27/2008
Age: 34
Years of Service: 4
Cause of Death: Aircraft Accident
National Memorial Panel: 51-E: 26

Trooper First Class / Flight Paramedic Mickey C. Lippy was killed in a helicopter crash while performing a medical evacuation of two critically injured teenagers from Charles County, Maryland.
During the flight, the Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter encountered severe weather while en-route to the Prince George’s Hospital Center.  The pilot, Stephen Bunker, diverted to Andrews Air Force Base to rendezvous with two ambulances to complete the transport of the patients. Shortly before midnight, the helicopter crashed several miles short of the runway in Walker Mill Regional Park.
Trooper First Class Lippy was 34 years of age and was appointed to the Maryland State Police on October 1, 2004.  He served the Aviation Command as a Flight Paramedic since April 25, 2007. He is survived by his wife and infant daughter 

 


Pilot / Corporal (Ret.)

Stephen H. Bunker
End of Watch: 9/27/2008
Age: 59
Years of Service: 36
Cause of Death: Aircraft Accident
National Memorial Panel: N/A
 

BunkerPilot Stephen H. Bunker, a retired MSP Corporal, was killed in a helicopter crash while performing a medical evacuation of two critically injured teenagers from Charles County, Maryland.

During the flight, the Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter encountered severe weather while en-route to the Prince George’s Hospital Center. Pilot Bunker, diverted to Andrews Air Force Base to rendezvous with two ambulances to complete the transport of the patients. Shortly before midnight, the helicopter crashed several miles short of the runway in Walker Mill Regional Park.

Pilot Bunker was 59 years of age and was appointed to the Maryland State Police as Trooper on November 30, 1972. He retired as a Corporal in July 1998 and returned to the MSP Aviation Command as civilian pilot. Pilot Bunker is survived by his wife and three children. 


   



 




Trooper First Class

Anthony Jones
End of Watch: 5/9/2004
Age: 50
Years of Service: 6
Cause of Death: Struck by Vehicle
National Memorial Panel: 33-W: 24

Trooper Jones was struck and killed by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.

Trooper Jones and another trooper were on the scene of a single vehicle accident on the shoulder of Route 50 near Freeway Airport in Bowie. Both patrol cars were in a lighted area and had their emergency equipment activated. Trooper Jones was removing a tire from a travel lane of the highway when he was struck by a van and dragged several hundred yards. Prior to the collision, Trooper Jones had utilized his flashlight to warn motorist of his intentions.

The driver stopped near the scene and was taken into custody after he exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Trooper Jones was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Maryland State Police for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. 


Corporal

Edward M. Toatley
End of Watch: 10/30/2000
Age: 37
Years of Service: 16
Cause of Death: Gunfire
National Memorial Panel: 40-W: 22
 

Trooper Toatley was shot and killed while conducting an undercover narcotics investigation in Washington, DC. He had been deputized as a federal agent, in order to take part in a regional narcotics task force conducted in Maryland and Washington, DC.

As Trooper Toatley attempted to purchase narcotics from the suspect, he was shot in the head at close range while sitting in a car. After the shooting, the suspect fled on foot. Trooper Toatley was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately two hours later.

The suspect was later arrested in New York and extradited to Washington, DC, where he entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

Trooper Toatley was president of the Coalition of Black Maryland State Troopers, and had been with the Maryland State Police for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, ages 5 and 18 years, and an 18-month-old daughter. 

 


Trooper

Raymond G. Armstead, Jr.
End of Watch: 3/25/1998
Age: 27
Years of Service: 1
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
National Memorial Panel: 26-W: 21
 

On March 25th, 1998, Corporal Armstead, 27 years old and a 14 month veteran of the Maryland State Police was operating his patrol vehicle north bound on I-295, south of Powder Mill Road in Prince George's County when he observed someone on the shoulder of the road waving their arms for assistance.  Realizing there had been an accident, Corporal Armstead attempted to cross the lanes of traffic to assist the stranded motorists.  As Corporal Armstead focused on the shoulder activity, the traffic ahead of him stopped.  Corporal Armstead's patrol car collided with a van that was stopped in front of him causing him to become trapped in his vehicle for approximately 30 minutes.  Once extracted, Corporal Armstead was flown to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was pronounced dead shortly before 3:00 pm. 


 



Trooper First Class

Joseph T. Lanzi, Sr.
End of Watch: 10/28/1995
Age: 37
Years of Service: 5
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
National Memorial Panel: 35-W: 20

LanziTrooper First Class Lanzi was responding to a call for help from a Cecil County sheriff's deputy. The deputy had called for back up due to a man with a gun at the scene of a DWI accident on Route 238. Trooper First Class Lanzi was killed in a single vehicle accident on Route 213 near Town Point Road about seven miles south of Elkton. His patrol vehicle veered off the roadway during a downpour and hit a tree. 







 


Trooper First Class

Edward A. Plank, Jr.
End of Watch: 10/17/1995
Age: 28
Years of Service: 7
Cause of Death: Gunfire
National Memorial Panel: 41-W: 20

Trooper First Class Plank stopped a vehicle on U.S. Rt. 13 south of Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland at Perry Road. He was backed up by Trooper Dennis A. Lord. Trooper First Class Plank issued a traffic citation to the driver of the vehicle; however, the driver used a fictitious name. Trooper First Class Plank became suspicious and approached the driver to inquire further. Plank was shot one time in the head by the driver. The driver then fired toward Trooper Lord. Lord returned fire and struck one suspect once in the arm and once in the head. The driver and passenger fled southbound on U.S. Rt. 13 to Rt. 413, continuing southbound on Rt. 413 towards Crisfield. 





 



Trooper First Class

Mark P. Groner
End of Watch: 10/1/1992
Age: 24
Years of Service: 4
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
National Memorial Panel: 3-W: 19

Trooper First Class Groner was responding to a personal injury accident when another vehicle pulled into an intersection and sideswiped him. He spun out of control and collided with another vehicle coming in the opposite direction. He was killed instantly. The accident occurred at the intersection of Routes 392 and 313 about five miles east of Hurlock. 







 


Corporal

Theodore D. Wolf, Sr.
End of Watch: 3/29/1990
Age: 40
Years of Service: 16
Cause of Death: Gunfire
National Memorial Panel: 20-W: 5

 

Corporal Wolf stopped a vehicle for speeding on northbound Interstate 95 at St. Rt. 175 in Jessup. While writing the ticket, he was shot twice in the head at close range. Two suspects were later apprehended in New York. They were tried and convicted.

Corporal Wolf is survived by his wife and three young sons.

Corporal Wolf was an avid softball player and his memory is honored each year at the Maryland State Police Softball Tournament. The most valuable player of the tournament is chosen by the winning team and is presented the "MVP Ted Wolf Trophy".




 


Trooper First Class 
Eric D. Monk
End of Watch: 4/9/1988
Age: 34
Years of Service: 11
Cause of Death: Struck by Vehicle
National Memorial Panel: 61-E: 2

Trooper First Class Monk was taking enforcement action with a traffic violator. While standing along the shoulder of the road, he was struck by an oncoming automobile. Occurred on northbound side of US Rt. 13 in Westover.









 


Trooper

Larry E. Small
End of Watch: 3/18/1987
Age: 21
Years of Service: 1
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
National Memorial Panel: 63-E: 9

 

SmallTrooper While parked in the median of Interstate 95 exchanging information with his suspervisor, Trooper First Class Sawa, both Troopers Sawa and Small were struck and killed by a tractor-trailer which ran off the road. The incident occurred on 1-95 northbound, at the Havre de Grace interchange. 


 






 


Trooper First Class
John E. Sawa
End of Watch: 3/10/1987
Age: 40
Years of Service: 5
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
National Memorial Panel: 21-E: 3

SawaWhile parked in the median of Interstate 95 exchanging information with Trooper. Larry E. Small, both Troopers Sawa and Small were struck and killed by a tractor-trailer which ran off the road. The incident occurred on 1-95 northbound, at the Havre de Grace interchange. 

 








 


Trooper First Class

Carey S. Poetzman
End of Watch: 1/19/1986
Age: 28
Years of Service: 6
Cause of Death: Aircraft Accident
National Memorial Panel: 19-E: 10

 

After completing a transport of a patient from Carroll County to the Shock Trauma Center, Poetzman was killed when the medevac equipped Bell Jet Ranger helicopter crashed in southwest Baltimore. Crashed off the 1200 block of North Hilton Parkway in a heavily wooded and elevated section of Leakin Park










 


Corporal
Gregory A. May
End of Watch: 1/19/1986
Age: 31
Years of Service: 9
Cause of Death: Aircraft Accident
National Memorial Panel: 1-E: 6

MayAfter completing a transport of a patient from Carroll County to the Shock Trauma Center, May was killed when the med-evac equipped Bell Jet Ranger helicopter crashed in southwest Baltimore. Crashed off the 1200 block of North Hilton Parkway in a heavily wooded and elevated section of Leakin Park. 









 



Trooper

Gary L. Wade
End of Watch: 1/30/1982
Age: 25
Years of Service: 1
Cause of Death: Struck by Vehicle
National Memorial Panel: 16-E: 1

 

WadeWhile taking enforcement action for a traffic violation, Wade was struck by a motorist who ran off the roadway striking the police vehicle, the violator's vehicle, the trooper and the violator. Trooper Wade died at the scene. Incident occurred on the John F. Kennedy Highway 1/4 mile south of the Havre de Grace exit. 











 


Trooper First Class

William P. Mills, Jr.
End of Watch: 6/8/1979
Age: 32
Years of Service: 9
Cause of Death: Gunfire
National Memorial Panel: 6-E: 4

 

MillsWhile investigating a domestic complaint involving neighbors, Mills was shot with a .38 caliber pistol. He fell to the ground and attempted to get his service revolver, when he was struck in the chest area with a bullet from a high powered rifle. He died a short time later at Peninsula General Hospital. Incident occurred at a trailer site in Brookview, a small town next to Rhodesdale, MD, address of Rt. 1 -Box 35A, Rhodesdale. 








 


Trooper

Gregg A. Presbury, Sr.
End of Watch: 12/17/1977
Age: 27
Years of Service: 1
Cause of Death: Gunfire
National Memorial Panel: 28-E: 16

 

PresburyWhile on a traffic stop late in the evening, Trooper Presbury was shot four times with a .45 caliber weapon by a suspect. He died several days later without regaining consciousness. Incident occurred on n/b shoulder of Md. State Rt. 3 (Crain Highway) 1/3 mile south of Md. Rt. 176 (Dorsey Road). 









 


Sergeant

Wallace J. Mowbray
End of Watch: 8/10/1975
Age: 39
Years of Service: 13
Cause of Death: Gunfire
National Memorial Panel: 21-E: 10

 

MowbrayWhile checking via radio on the license of a driver of a van with three other occupants, Sgt. Mowbray was shot and killed when struck by a shotgun blast. Investigation later revealed that the registration plates on the van were stolen and there were outstanding warrants for two of the occupants. Occurred near Baker's Liquor Store in Chester, MD. 










 


Trooper

Mart Hudson, Jr.
End of Watch: 6/16/1975
Age: 25
Years of Service: 1
Cause of Death: Struck by Vehicle
National Memorial Panel: 38-E: 6

 

HudsonWhile assisting a disabled motorist, Trooper Hudson was struck by an intoxicated driver who drove through flares on the roadway used to warn oncoming traffic. The incident occurred near the Virginia line on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. 










 


Trooper

Milton V. Purnell, Jr.
End of Watch: 5/29/1975
Age: 22
Years of Service: 1
Cause of Death: Automobile Accident
National Memorial Panel: 61-E: 12

 

PurnellTrooper Purnell was killed when the vehicle he was driving ran off the roadway and struck a light pole in a service station on Rt. 50 near Cambridge. He was removed from the vehicle before it burst into flames. 











 


Trooper First Class

Charles S. Rathell
End of Watch: 9/18/1973
Age: 27
Years of Service: 5
Cause of Death: Aircraft Accident
National Memorial Panel: 42-E: 11

 

RathellWhile on traffic patrol in a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter, the craft crashed while the crewmen were attempting an emergency landing. The crash reportedly was caused by engine failure. Occurred in Beltsville near Muirkirk Road and U.S. RT 1. 









 


Trooper First Class

Donald E. Parkerson, Jr.
End of Watch: 9/18/1973
Age: 25
Years of Service: 2
Cause of Death: Aircraft Accident
National Memorial Panel: 9-W: 14

 

ParkersonWhile on traffic patrol in a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter, the craft crashed while the crewmen were attempting an emergency landing. The crash reportedly was caused by engine failure. Occurred in Beltsville near Muirkirk Road and U.S. RT 1. 









 


Trooper First Class

Phillip L. Russ
End of Watch: 10/28/1972
Age: 25
Years of Service: 3
Cause of Death: Aircraft Accident
National Memorial Panel: 63-E: 1

 

RussWhile en route to Dorchester General Hospital in their med-evac equipped Bell Jet Ranger aircraft to accomplish a transport to the Maryland Trauma Center, the helicopter crashed. Indications were that the aircraft encountered heavy fog and the pilot was attempting to land when the crash occurred. Crash occurred in an empty field 1/4 mile east of Bennett's Paint Road near Queenstown; actually crashed on Perry Corner Road on a farm. 










 


Trooper First Class

Thomas A. Noyle
End of Watch: 10/28/1972
Age: 28
Years of Service: 5
Cause of Death: Aircraft Accident
National Memorial Panel: 6-E: 9

 

NoyleWhile en route to Dorchester General Hospital in their med-evac equipped Bell Jet Ranger aircraft to accomplish a transport to the Maryland Trauma Center, the helicopter crashed. Indications were that the aircraft encountered heavy fog and the pilot was attempting to land when the crash occurred. Crash occurred in an empty field 1/4 mile east of Bennett's Paint Road near Queenstown; actually crashed on Perry Corner Road on a farm. 









 


Trooper First Class

Arthur W. Plummer, Jr.
End of Watch: 4/9/1961
Age: 36
Years of Service: 15
Cause of Death: Aircraft Accident
National Memorial Panel: 17-E: 9

 

PlummerTrooper First Class Plummer was killed in a plane crash while trying to locate an individual on Assateague Island. After locating the individual and attempting to take off, the plane crashed on the beach. 









 


Lieutenant

Leonard N. Brown
End of Watch: 7/7/1958
Age: 47
Years of Service: 19
Cause of Death: Gunfire
National Memorial Panel: 18-W: 11

 

BrownWhen Lieutenant Brown stepped forward to arrest an intruder, Brown was shot in the stomach with a small caliber pistol while on a stakeout for a holdup. He was shot at Smitty's Steak House (restaurant), Bryans Road. He was on the operating table for four hours as surgeons attempted to remove the bullet lodged in a muscle close to the spine. Lieutenant Brown never regained consciousness. 







 


Trooper First Class

Lauren M. Ridge
End of Watch: 7/14/1950
Age: 28
Years of Service: 4
Cause of Death: Gunfire
National Memorial Panel: 43-E: 2

 

RidgeTrooper First Class Ridge was shot disarming a deranged man. Two tax assessors had reported to the property of Steve Orris to value it. Mr. Orris met them with a rifle and fired a shot. Trooper First Class Ridge was called to the scene. He tried to disarm Orris and a scuffle took place. Ridge obtained possession of the rifle, but Orris pulled a revolver and shot Ridge five times at close range. Occurred at the Orris home on Northern Avenue, north of Hagerstown. 








 


Quartermaster Sergeant

Ellsworth D. Dryden
End of Watch: 10/7/1938
Age: 37
Years of Service: 9
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 15-W: 3

 

DrydenQuartermaster Sergeant Dryden was seriously injured in a collision with a bakery truck in Mount Rainier, Maryland (intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and 34th Street) while escorting Governor Ritchie home from the first Roosevelt inauguration. After a five year battle against infections caused by the injuries, Dryden died of septicemia (streptococcus in the bloodstream). 










 


Officer

J.F. Leo Shaab
End of Watch: 7/22/1937
Age: 28
Years of Service: 3
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 34-E: 2

 

ShaabOfficer Shaab was killed when his motorcycle collided with an automobile while he was rushing to the scene of a highway accident at Dull's Corner (side street off the Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.) He was thrown from the cycle. He was taken to the emergency room where he was pronounced dead of a fractured skull, broken neck, cuts, bruises, and internal injuries. 








 


Quartermaster Sergeant

Wilbert V. Hunter
End of Watch: 2/7/1936
Age: 30
Years of Service: 8
Cause of Death: Exposure
National Memorial Panel: 38-E: 12

 

HunterHunter was part of an expedition attempting to take 2,000 pounds of food supplies to Smith Island across Tangier Sound from Crisfield, Maryland, during a blizzard on the bay. He succumbed to exposure after falling through the ice. 









 


Officer First Class

Carroll C. Creeger
End of Watch: 12/23/1934
Age: 27
Years of Service: 3
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 50-E: 6

 

CreegerWhile patrolling the Sykesville-West Friendship Road in Howard County, his motorcycle skidded on a patch of ice and threw him off. He suffered a fractured skull. 










 


Officer

Joseph E. Kuhn
End of Watch: 4/8/1934
Age: 26
Years of Service: 2
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 61-E: 3

 

KuhnHis motorcycle crashed into the rear of a wagon without regulation rear lights. Believed to have been blinded by the bright headlights of an oncoming vehicle, Kuhn's sidecar hit a wheel of the wagon. He was thrown from the motorcycle onto the concrete roadway near Mardela Springs outside of Salisbury. 










 


Officer First Class

Imla D. Hubbard
End of Watch: 3/4/1933
Age: 27
Years of Service: 2
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 21-W: 9

 

HubbardHe was killed when his motorcycle struck a truck tire on Washington Boulevard at Savage, 50 feet from the Laurel Substation. He was thrown from his cycle, over the handlebars onto his head. He sustained a fractured skull. 










 


Officer

Theodore A. Moore
End of Watch: 9/25/1932
Age: 27
Years of Service: 1
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 59-E: 4
 

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Officer Moore was struck by an automobile as he turned from North Avenue onto Monroe Street. He died of pneumonia contracted as a result of his injuries.

 

 

 



 




Officer

Clinton R. Rhodes
End of Watch: 1/28/1931
Age: 27
Years of Service: 2
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 6-E: 9

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While traveling by motorcycle on Washington State Road approaching Westminster, he collided with a car near Colonial Avenue. The motorcycle struck the right front fender of the car and Rhodes' head hit the door. His skull was crushed. 


 

 

 

 


Officer 

James S. Noon
End of Watch: 12/25/1927
Age:
Years of Service: 2 Months
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 33-E: 17

 

NoonOfficer Noon was chasing a violator and was thrown from his motorcycle. He died from injuries sustained during the accident. 


 







 



Officer 

Albert E. Cramblitt
End of Watch: 10/1/1925
Age: 23
Years of Service: 6 Months
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 34-W: 21

 

CramblittOfficer Albert E. Cramblitt was born July 10, 1902, in Baltimore, MD and entered into law enforcement on April 4, 1925. Motorcycle Officer Cramblitt's service to the State of Maryland was part of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Commission and he was assigned to the Laurel Substation. Even though Officer Cramblitt's service lasted only six months, this certainly did not lessen his sacrifice to the citizens of Maryland.

On the afternoon of October 1, 1925, Officer Cramblitt was in pursuit of a suspected bootlegger on Washington Boulevard, also known at that time as "The Famous Washington-Baltimore Rum-Running Blvd." Officer Cramblitt was traveling, according to reports, approximately 55 MPH on his 1924 Indian Motorcycle when a truck pulled into his path and he struck the truck broadside. Cramblitt died instantly. He was 23 years old at the time of his death. A funeral service was held on October 4, 1925, at his home and he was buried in a family plot in Loudon Park Cemetery.

Officer Cramblitt came from a large family, including his parents Louisa and Thomas Cramblitt, eight brothers and four sisters. Because of the Great Depression, it was very tough for Officer Cramblitt and his family. Officer Cramblitt has four surviving family members: Marcella Cummings, Viola Quant who resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and two brothers Carroll Cramblitt of Baltimore, MD, and Ellsworth Cramblitt of Woodlawn, MD. Officer Cramblitt never married and lived with his parents until the time of his death.

Officer Cramblitt was the fifth Motor Vehicle Commission Motorcycle Officer to die in the line of duty and the first law enforcement officer in the State to be buried in uniform with full police honors.

His uniform was purchased by his mother and the Commissioner of the Motor Vehicle Commission provided an honor guard. Motor Vehicle Commission Captain Charles E. Myers served as commanding officer in charge of the funeral detail. A detail of fellow officers served as pall-bearers. This funeral began a tradition which is still carried out today.

In 1992 Ellsworth Cramblitt, brother of Officer A. Cramblitt, donated the 1924 black and white photograph of Officer Cramblitt aboard his 1924 Indian motorcycle outside of the Laurel Substation. The photo had been handed down through many family members including his brother Ellsworth who had the photograph for approximately 35 years before donating it to the Maryland State Police Museum. By request of the family, a copy of the photograph is currently on display at the Waterloo Barrack on U.S. Rt. 1, the former location of the Laurel Substation. The Barrack Commander for the Waterloo Barrack is charged with the responsibility for caring for the photo. 


 


Officer 

Hugh K. Painter
End of Watch: 3/3/1924
Age: 28
Years of Service: 1
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 60-E: 3

 

PainterOfficer Hugh K. Painter, a 28 year old Motorcycle Officer, while on night patrol, was in pursuit of a speeding vehicle when the speeder unexpectedly turned off his lights and hit his brakes. Officer Painter, traveling at a speed of 60 miles per hour, crashed into the rear of the automobile and died several days later of complications from his injuries (pneumonia). 








 


Officer

Raymond P. Eicholtz
End of Watch: 5/27/1923
Age: 24
Years of Service: 1
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 18-E: 12

 

EicholtzOfficer Raymond P. Eicholtz, a 24 years old Motorcyle Officer, was pursuing a speeding vehicle in the Hagerstown area. when another vehicle pulled into his path. Officer Eicholtz attempted to stop his motorcycle, but collided with the vehicle and sustained critical injuries. 





 





 


Officer

William C. Lochner
End of Watch: 4/20/1923
Age: 21
Years of Service: 1
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 18-W: 4

LochnerOfficer William C. Lochner, a 21 year old Motorcycle Officer, served with the Maryland State Police for 8 months. He unfortuantely succumbed to injuries suffered after being forced off the roadway in Havre de Grace while pursuing a speeding motorist. Officer Lochner's service, despite being just eight months, does not lessen his sacrifice to the
citizens of Maryland. 








 


  

Officer
John W. Jeffrey
End of Watch: 9/21/1921
Age:
Years of Service: 2 Months
Cause of Death: Motorcycle Accident
National Memorial Panel: 56-E: 1

 

PictureOfficer John W. Jeffrey, a Motorcyle Officer, served with the Maryland State Police for only two months before succumbing to injuries received after skidding off the roadway during the pursuit of a speeding motorist. Officer Jeffrey's patrol included Baltimore and Howard Counties. His service to the State of Maryland, despite being just a few short months, does not lessen his sacrifice.