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Patrolman Fred A. Babcock, Jr. | Richfield Department of Public Safety, Minnesota Richfield Department of Public Safety, Minnesota

Patrolman

Fred A. Babcock, Jr.

Richfield Department of Public Safety, Minnesota

End of Watch: Saturday, June 4, 1949

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 10

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30 caliber

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman Babcock was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a burglary call at a grocery store at 76th and Lyndale Avenue South at 0220 hours. Patrolman Babcock's partner got out of the patrol car and Patrolman Babcock continued to drive around the business. He located the getaway car but when he ordered the men out of it they opened fire a .30 caliber rifle, fatally wounding him. The suspects fled but were all eventually apprehended.

The mayor of Richfield later declared June 14 Babcock Memorial Day. Patrolman Babcock had served with the agency for 1 year and was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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My name is Kyle Babcock. I am the son of Charles H. Babcock who was Fred Babcock's brother. My father served after Fred's death on the Richfield PD for 6 years before going to work at the Minneapolis St Paul International Airport PD for another 26 years of service. My dad passed away several years ago but I have taken and carried on the legacy of public service started by my uncle Fred and my father. I am in my 20th year of law enforcement in the North Texas area. The loss of my uncle, although long before my birth, deeply affected my family. My dad and grandmother, Edythe Babcock would very rarely speak of it and when they did, they cried every time. Fred was also a decorated US Marine that saw action in the South Pacific during WWII. He loved America and he loved being a Police Officer. I am proud to be carrying on the work he and my father started. Thank you ODMP for keeping his memory alive so that his sacrifice will never have been in vain.

Captain Kyle W. Babcock
Nephew
October 26, 2016

 

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