District Heights, MD – Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi, Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department Chief Benjamin Jenkins and University of Maryland College Park Police Chief David Mitchell will be joined by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, along with families, friends and fellow employees of the crew of Trooper 2 to unveil a memorial monument to honor the lives lost in the 2008 crash of that police medevac helicopter.
The ceremony will be held Friday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. The monument has been erected in Walker Mill Regional Park, not far from where the crash occurred. Smaller markers have been placed at the actual crash site.
The park is located at 8840 Walker Mill Road in District Heights.
The memorial monument, created by sculptor John Mullican, is the result of a committee chaired by Chief Mitchell and comprised of current and retired members of the State Police and the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department. The monument was funded through the generosity of many individuals, businesses, and civic organizations.
The memorial honors the sacrifice of Maryland State Police Pilot Stephen Bunker, flight paramedic Trooper First Class Mickey Lippy and Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department EMT Tonya Mallard. Ashley Younger, a patient on-board who was killed in the crash, and Jordan Wells, a patient on-board who survived, are also remembered on the monument.