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Police Officer Justin Ryan Scherlen | Amarillo Police Department, Texas Amarillo Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Justin Ryan Scherlen

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 208

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 9/8/2015

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Police Officer Justin Scherlen succumbed to injuries sustained 11 months earlier when his patrol car was struck head-on by another vehicle near the intersection of SW 34th Avenue and Georgia Street.

The collision caused Officer Scherlen to become trapped inside of his vehicle for approximately one hour as rescue personnel attempted to extricate him. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He subsequently underwent numerous surgeries and continuous rehabilitation following the crash. He subsequently suffered a complication and died while on a family trip in New Mexico on August 4th, 2016.

Officer Scherlen had served with the Amarillo Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the Uniformed Division. He also served on the agency's Honor Guard and Dive Team. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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Today, I biked 76miles in your memory and it was an honor. During my ride, I said a prayer for your family.

Thank you for your service; you are not forgotten.

Rest in peace Officer Scherlen.

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October 14, 2017


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