Sergeant Mark J. Baserman

Sergeant Mark J. Baserman

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, February 26, 2018

Mark J. Baserman

Sergeant Mark Baserman succumbed to injuries sustained when he was attacked by an inmate at State Correctional Institute-Somerset on February 15th, 2018.

The inmate, who was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, attacked Sergeant Baserman as he sat the officer's desk in a housing unit's day room. Earlier in the day, Sergeant Baserman had confiscated a towel being used by the inmate to obscure his bunk. The inmate punched Sergeant Baserman in the head numerous times then continued to kick him in the head after he fell to the ground.

Another officer who came to Sergeant Baserman's aid was also attacked before the inmate was subdued.

Sergeant Baserman was transported to a local hospital where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

Sergeant Baserman was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, stepdaughter, step-grandchildren, and brother.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender In custody



Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
1920 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: (717) 728-4109

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For the longest time it was Mark this Baserman that. Then came the day when I finally got to meet Mark. It was at a gun bash. It took him awhile to warm up to me. After a few gun bashes he finally did warm up to me probably because I was the only wife(within the group) to consistently go to the bashes. It got to the point when I'd ask my husband if Mark was going to the gun bash, he'd say yes he's going. I would say okay if Mark goes then I go. Likewise Mark would ask my husband is Heather(me) going? My husband would respond with yes she is going, he would say if she goes then I go. At some point in time it was getting to the point I would walk away from the bashes the big winner, winning a gun or two(2). Mark would ask me to rub his money hopping it would bring him luck. In his mind it made sense. Mark and I were like to peas in a pod, we were joined at the hip if you will. There was a gun bash or two(2) where my husband could not make it. I said will Mark be there? My husband said yes he'll be there. My response was don't worry I'll be fine Mark will have my six(6). My husband laughed and said yes he will. When I finally arrived Mark came over to me with a big smile on his face, gave me a hug and said it's about time you got here. This last October was out last gun bash together. I never in a million years would have thought something like this would have happened. I know that you will be with me at each and every gun bash is spirit. You will always have a special place in my heart now and forever more.

Heather A Bivona
Wife of SGT Bivona (14:00-22:00 shift) SCI Somerset

March 19, 2018

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