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Trooper Harold Clarence DeGear

On the night of Thursday, February 18, 1954, Trooper DeGear had stopped a Marion man for faulty equipment and was standing behind the violator's car writing the ticket when a third vehicle, which was passing a truck, struck the rear of Trooper DeGears cruiser crushing him.  The violator's car was rammed over 30 feet forward.  Trooper DeGear was rushed by ambulance to the hospital suffering from broken legs and extensive internal injuries.  He succumbed to his injuries Friday, February 19, 1954.

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Created: 01-15-2009
Last Updated: 02-05-2010 (JLR)