Patrolman Joe Taylor Aven, Jr.

Patrolman Joe Taylor Aven, Jr.

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, August 6, 1953

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Joe Taylor Aven, Jr.

Patrolman Aven and Sergeant John Ramsey were killed in an automobile accident while en route to Sweetwater, Texas, to follow up on a perjury investigation. During the drive another vehicle entered their travel lane while attempting to pass another car. Sergeant Ramsey took evasive action and swerved to the right. At the same time the oncoming car swerved to the left and the two vehicle collided head-on. Sergeant Ramsey was killed instantly and Patrolman Aven succumbed to his injuries the following day. A third police officer in the vehicle survived the accident.
Patrolman Aven had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 5, 1953

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Patrolman Aven,
On today, the 63rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Mexico. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 6, 2016

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