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Officer Hakim Azim Farthing | United States Department of the Interior - United States Park Police, U.S. Government United States Department of the Interior - United States Park Police, U.S. Government

Officer

Hakim Azim Farthing

United States Department of the Interior - United States Park Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, August 10, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 408

Cause: Vehicular assault

Location: Maryland

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 5 years

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Officer Hakim Farthing was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting at the scene of another accident on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at 0330 hours.

Officers were investigating an earlier fatal accident and Officer Farthing had closed the New York Avenue exit ramp from the Parkway in Hyattsville, Maryland just north of the Washington, DC border. The drunk driver drove through cones and flares, struck Officer Farthing, killing him instantly, and then continued 2000 feet before being stopped by other officers who witnessed the incident. A Maryland State Police helicopter that was already overhead landed and a paramedic immediately attended to Officer Farthing.

The drunk driver pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence, and reckless driving. She was sentenced to five years in prison.

Officer Farthing was a U.S. Army veteran and had been employed with the United States Park Police for two years. He is survived by his young son and parents.

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The proud men and women of the United States Park Police will never forget the ultimate sacrifice of Officer Hakim Farthing and his surviving family. The selfless actions of our Fallen Heroes are the foundation of our core values (Integrity ~ Honor ~ Service). During Police Week, each year, we re-affirm and re-dedicate our commitment by honoring your service, your memory, and your sacrifice.

Chief of Police Rob MacLean
United States Park Police
May 6, 2016

 

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