Traffic Officer Harlend G. Orsburne

Traffic Officer Harlend G. Orsburne

Dane County Traffic Police, Wisconsin

End of Watch Tuesday, July 24, 1979

Harlend G. Orsburne

Officer Orsburne was killed when his patrol car was rammed by a car during a vehicle pursuit. He was assisting state patrol officers in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle when the vehicle intentionally rammed the patrol car. The suspect fled on foot but was later apprehended and sentenced to five years in connection with Officer Orsburne's death.

Officer Orsburne was survived by his two daughters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to five years

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You are missed more than you know, your family,friends and coworkers. You were a good friend, mentor and role model. I owe my career to you and your guidance. I am forever in your debt. Rest in peace my friend.

Sgt. Gordy Disch- DCSO- Retired
Coworker,Dane County Traffic & DCSO

July 28, 2014

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