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Deputy Brad A. Mabee | Polk County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Polk County Sheriff's Department, Missouri


Brad A. Mabee

Polk County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Sunday, October 19, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident

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Deputy Brad Mabee was killed in an accident after striking a tree.

It is thought that he may have been attempting to catch up with a speeder or swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

Deputy Mabee was survived by his expectant wife.

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Today, October 19, 2012, I was looking over old pictures and I ran accoss some old pictures I had of my best Friend Brad Mabee. Brad and I both attended the Missouri State Highway Patrol Cadet Academy when we were teenagers approximatly 16-17 years old. Brad and I were selected to return as a Cadet Counsler the following year by Sgt. Terry Moore (there were two Terry Moore’s) from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Brad and I would set up at night just talking about the future, and we would cut up and tell jokes and we clearly had a great friendship.

After the Cadet academy over the years Brad and I kept in contact with each other. We
would talk on the telehone for hours at a time, and we talked about becomeing a Missouri State Trooper together "when we get older". Even tho neither of us became Missouri State Troopers, I became a Springfield Police Officer and Brad would "ride-a-long" with me on my tour of duty. In 1995 or 1996 Brad became a PolkCounty Sheriffs Deputy, and he loved the job. It seened that life was going well for him. Brad would talk about Christ being in his life, and the direction the Lord had for his life.

I still remember the day I learned of Brads death on October 19, 1997, that was the day my life changed forever. This was the first time someone very close to me, someone who I cared alot about (like a brother) had died in the line of duty. I recalled speaking with Brad's mother and father over the telehone after the accident, and I can still hear Mrs. Mabee say to me "Daron, this was not supposed to happen". I was just in shock. I remember meeting Brad’s family his beautiful wife, prior to the funeral service. I evern recall Brad’s wife who at that time was expecting a child. Lastly I recall sitting on the front roll next to the family the day of the funeral. If im correct, I beleive I cried during the entire service.

In 1997 I left the Springfield Police Department, and moved to St. Louis and then to Illinois in 2006. I’m currently an Illinois State Trooper, working in the Division of Internal Investigations. Each and every time we have” killed line of duty” ceremonies, I think of Brad.

The older I get I tend to reflect alot about my past, and the people God placed in my life. Each October 19, I stop and reflect how great of an individual Brad was to me and he will never be forgotten. I know that he is with the Lord and I plan to see him again someday. I dont know if Ms. Mabee will ever read this message; however, I wanted you to know that Brad is always in my heart, and if you ever need anything please do not hesitate to call me. I can be reached at the Illinois State Police (Divsion of Internal Investigations). I am the only BARGE on the Department.

Your friend forever,

Daron Barge

Sr. Special Agent Daron Barge #5722
October 20, 2012


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