Patrolman Edward Sawicki

Patrolman Edward Sawicki

Salem Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, December 1, 1980

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Edward Sawicki

Patrolman Edward Sawicki died from injuries sustained in a fall while on duty several years earlier.

He had been involved in a pursuit and chased the vehicle into neighboring Marblehead, Massachusetts. The driver then fled on foot to a nearby seawall. As Patrolman Sawicki chased him over the seawall, he slipped and fell 8-feet onto boulders below.

His back was broken as a result of the fall, and he remained a quadriplegic until his death several years later.

Patrolman Sawicki had served with the Salem Police Department for 25 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, mother, and brother.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Incident Date Not available

foot pursuit

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Patrolman Sawicki, it has been 43 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

December 1, 2023

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