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Patrolman Donald W. Redfern | Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

Patrolman

Donald W. Redfern

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 15, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Charged with manslaughter

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Patrolman Redfern was struck by a drunk driver and killed while directing traffic at the scene of a flash flood. The vehicle was traveling approximately 50 mph when the driver lost control and slid into Patrolman Redfern and two other cars. The driver was arrested and charged with manslaughter.
Patrolman Redfern had been with the agency for over two years and was survived by his wife and son.

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There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn't know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. Then you've got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They're the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog. …You know who you are. You know your purpose.

Citizen of ABQ
Son of an APD officer
October 30, 2015

 

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