Inspector Joseph Baker

Inspector Joseph Baker

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, September 27, 1932

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Joseph Baker

Inspector Joseph Baker died as a result of being exposed to toxic fumes while inspecting the steamship West Neris for contraband at the Poydres Street Wharf in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Inspector Baker was in the ship's hold when he collapsed. The ship's second mate was also overcome by fumes and died while attempting to rescue him. Three other men, including a city fireman and the chief custom's inspector, were also overcome by the fumes but were revived.

Inspector Baker had served with the United States Customs Service for three years.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Exposure to toxins
  • Location Louisiana

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 81rst anniversary year of your death.

Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 7, 2013

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