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Ranger Gregory Burdine

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 scene.

The violator was later identified and convicted of several offenses. Burdine was survived by his wife and parents.


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