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Hero Down: Greenbelt PD Master Police Officer Christine Peters Dies After Being Hit By Car

Greenbelt, MD – Greenbelt Police Department (GPD) Master Police Officer Christine Peters died in the line of duty on Thursday due to injuries she suffered while assisting with a traffic crash 12 days earlier.

Officer Peters, 49, responded to Edmonston Road, north of Cherrywood Lane, to assist United State Park Police (USPP) with a collision at approximately 10 p.m. on Jan. 2, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

While she was outside of her patrol vehicle, a passing vehicle crashed into her.

The critically-injured officer was flown to a local hospital by helicopter, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The driver who hit Officer Peters remained at the scene, WRC reported.

The USPP is handling the ongoing investigation into the crash.

Officer Peters remained hospitalized in critical condition until her death on Thursday.

“The City of Greenbelt Police Department is saddened to announce the death of Master Police Officer Christine Peters,” the GPD said in a Facebook post later in the day. “Officer Peters passed away today, from injuries she sustained while on duty on January 2nd 2021.”

Officer Peters served with the University of Maryland Police Department before joining the GPD in 1998.

“During her 22 years of service, she was recognized for her outstanding work and contributions to the community,” the department noted.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered flags to be lowered to half staff on Friday in honor of Officer Peters’ sacrifice.

“Please join me and the First Lady in praying for her friends, loved ones, and colleagues,” Hogan wrote in a Facebook post.

A fundraising page established to help Officer Peters’ family in the wake of their loss has raised over $42,800 so far.

“The Greenbelt Police Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Peters’ family and friends on their loss, and we mourn the loss of a friend and colleague,” the GPD said on Thursday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Greenbelt Police Department Master Police Officer Christine Peters, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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