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Officer Richard F. Dawson | Pennsauken Police Department, New Jersey Pennsauken Police Department, New Jersey


Richard F. Dawson

Pennsauken Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Sunday, March 7, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 9/17/1974

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Officer Dawson died 25 years after being involved in an automobile accident while en route to a burglary call. During the response, Officer Dawson lost control of his cruiser on wet, slippery pavement. He suffered a broken neck and was rendered a quadriplegic. He died from injuries related to the accident. He is survived by his wife and son.

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Officer Dawson,
I had the great fortune to meet your wife today at the Wall in DC. Your name is on the same panel as my friend Scott's (Scott A Wertz EOW 8-6-06) and we happened to be there at the same time. She was kind enough to give me a rose to place at Scott's name and after many pictures, tears, and smiles we parted ways. The power of the Wall to bring strangers together with a common bond is unfortunate yet comforting.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. I'll be sure to say hello when I am in DC next month for Police Week.


Nancy Bubbenmoyer
April 4, 2009


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