Traffic Officer Harlend G. Orsburne

Traffic Officer Harlend G. Orsburne

Dane County Traffic Police, Wisconsin

End of Watch Tuesday, July 24, 1979

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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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Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 24, 2020

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