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Corrections Officer Frederick W. Baker | New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

Corrections Officer

Frederick W. Baker

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 10 years

Badge # L-425

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 7/30/1997

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Corrections Officer Frederick Baker was killed when he was stabbed in the back by an inmate at the Bayside State Prison in Leesburg. Officer Baker was working alone in a cell block area when he asked an inmate to move his belongings to another cell block. The inmate attacked and stabbed Officer Baker after he made the request.

The inmate, who had been serving a 10-to-20-year sentence for aggravated assault, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole.

After Officer Baker's murder, the governor immediately placed an order for knife-resistant vests for every New Jersey Department of Corrections officer.

Officer Baker had served with the New Jersey Department of Corrections for 10years. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and two sisters.

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I remember that day vividly, I reflect on this now only because I never knew this site existed.I was working as a plumber's helper at the time and was in a crawlspace when the call came to me. To this day I remember sitting there in the dark cool and dirty spot for close to half an hour unmoving, unfeeling, just absolutely stunned in disbelief. That day I lost a Brother-in-law, but more importantly a close friend and companion who was there whenever needed and unselfishly gave of himself all he could to help others. He is truly missed to this day and I will never forget Fred. I still use a picture of us as my facebook photo, and will never , ever change it. Fred, I loved you and still love you dearly, you helped make me who I am today.

Phil Marshall
Brother-in-Law
July 30, 2013

 

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