In Memoriam Trooper Daniel Rebman Jr.

Colonel Chris Williamson, Director of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and Leroy Smith, Director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, sadly report the death of Trooper Daniel Rebman Jr.

Trooper Rebman, 31, was seated in his Ford Taurus patrol vehicle on the shoulder of I-385 freeway. Shortly before 12:30 am, while he was seated in his patrol unit, an individual driving a pick up truck struck him from behind at a high rate of speed.

Citizens who came upon the crash moments after it occurred, called 911 and attempted to render aid to Rebman. One citizen reported that he cut away the deployed air bag of the patrol vehicle and could see that the trooper was breathing but unresponsive.

Rebman was trapped inside the car, but was extricated by the Greenville Fire Department. He was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Rebman succumbed to the injuries and passed away later in the afternoon.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Department is conducting the crash investigation.

Daniel Rebman Jr. served the South Carolina Highway patrol for just over one year. He was assigned to Troop Three in the Greenville area. He was previously assigned to Troop Six, which is the Charleston-Berkley area detachment. Rebman also served as a Greenville County dispatcher from 2012 to 2016 prior to enlisting with the Highway Patrol.

His wife, Michelle, their three daughters 2, 4, and 5, his parents and a sister survive him.

Trooper Daniel Rebman is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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