Colonial National Historical Park Ranger Gregory Burdine, 25, was
killed in the line of duty on November 26, 1977. Burdine died in an
accident while pursuing a vehicle for speeding on Colonial Parkway,
in the Virginia National Park.
Burdine was running radar when a vehicle approached that was doing
72 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. He pursued the vehicle for about
seven miles before losing control of his cruiser while attempting to
negotiate a curve, hitting two trees. He was pronounced dead at the
The violator was later identified and convicted of several
offenses. Burdine was survived by his wife and parents.