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Police Officer Karen Jean Bassford | Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

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Karen Jean Bassford

Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 27, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident

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Police Officer Karen Bassford was killed in an automobile accident on Gallows Road, near Merry Oaks Lane, while responding to a burglary call shortly after midnight.

As she was coming around a curve her vehicle spun out of control and struck a utility pole. Officer Bassford was thrown from the vehicle. She was transported to Fairfax Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Officer Bassford was assigned to the McLean Substation. She had been with the department for one year and had served on the Arlington County Sheriff's Department for two years. She was survived by her parents.

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Officer Bassford,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fairfax County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
July 27, 2013


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