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Va. Trooper Dies in Dive Training Accident

Va. Trooper Dies in Dive Training Accident

Barrett. (Va. State Police)

Washington Post via YellowBrix

September 15, 2010

RICHMOND, VA – 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 drooper 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.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP and Prayers to the family,

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    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P., prayers to family and friends

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    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P., prayers to family and friends

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    Sheepdog1

    almost 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Rest in Peace Trooper Barrett. May God embrace your family, friends and fellow staff throughout the state.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Rest In Peace Trooper Barrett My Thoughts & Prayers to your friends,family & department.

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    staratwar

    almost 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    Rest in peace brother and my prayers extend to your family and VSP.

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    Drill_Sergeant

    almost 4 years ago

    142 Comments

    While first reading, deco was the first thing that lit up. But, why would his partner have absolutely no symptoms? No, this officer suffered from a biological injury such as an aneurysm, or a contaminated air (CO) supply (or mix). Very sad and unfortunate event. RIP Bro...

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    chappy33

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    that is very sad

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    MRHARPO

    almost 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    R.I.P. BROTHER (FROM YOUR BROTHERS IN THE NYPD)

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    boritico

    almost 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    Thinblue

    almost 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Rest in peace brother.

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    WASP7000

    almost 4 years ago

    998 Comments

    RIP. I would like to hear the details on the dive. Depth, bottom time, gas mix, etc. "deep dive" usually means deco time, I have a feeling he either missed a deco stop and came up too fast or it was medical.

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    USLawman1983

    almost 4 years ago

    1572 Comments

    From a fellow LE diver, Gob bless your family, friends, agency and the dive team.

    RIP brother

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    milcop

    almost 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    Rest in Peace my Brother

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