Trooper Mark D. Barrett Virginia State Police Virginia End of Watch: Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Photograph: Trooper Mark D. Barrett Patch image: Virginia State Police, Virginia

Trooper Mark D. Barrett
Virginia State Police

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 41
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: 1992

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Drowned
Date of Incident: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Trooper Mark Barrett passed away during a training dive in Lake Anna.
Trooper Barrett and other members of the Virginia State Police’s Search and Recovery Team were performing deep-water dives in the lake. As he and his dive partner were ascending to the surface, the other trooper noticed he was having difficulty and assisted him to the surface.
Other troopers immediately started CPR and he was transported to a local hospital where he died.
Trooper Barrett had served with the Virginia State Police for three years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Agency Contact Information
Virginia State Police
7700 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
Phone: (804) 674-2016
Please contact the Virginia State Police for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.


A Virginia state police trooper died Tuesday after making a training dive in Lake Anna, the state police said.

Trooper Mark D. Barrett, 41, was part of a team making deep-water dives in the lake, which is about 70 miles southwest of Washington, the state police said.

As Barrett and a second trooper were ascending after a dive, the other trooper noticed that Barrett was having difficulty, according to the state police. The second trooper helped him reach the surface, and signaled for help.

CPR was administered, and Barrett was taken to a hospital, where he died, state police said. An autopsy is to be conducted.

Barrett joined the state police in 2007 and was assigned to patrol in Richmond and in Henrico County. He was also a member of the state police search and recovery team.
The team was undergoing annual in-service training this week, the state police said.

The state police said in a statement that Barrett is survived by a wife and two children.

“The entire Virginia State Police family is suffering from this tragic loss of such a hardworking and dedicated state trooper,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, the superintendent of the state police.


1 Response to “Trooper Mark D. Barrett Virginia State Police Virginia End of Watch: Tuesday, September 14, 2010”

  1. 1 Adolph C. Namlik, Chief of Police, Ret. September 22, 2015 at 13:49

    My sincere condolences and prayers go out to the family and fellow officers of Trooper Mark D. Barrett of the Virginia State Police.

    Adolph C. Namlik
    Chief of Police, Ret.
    Gowanda, N.Y.

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