Patrolman Richard F. Dawson

Patrolman Richard F. Dawson

Pennsauken Township Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, March 7, 1999

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Richard F. Dawson

Patrolman Richard Dawson died 25 years after being involved in an automobile crash while en route to a burglary call.

During the response, Patrolman Dawson lost control of his patrol car on wet, slippery pavement at the intersection of Route 130 and Woodland Avenue. He suffered a broken neck and was rendered a quadriplegic. He died from injuries related to the accident.

Patrolman Dawson was a United States Navy veteran and had served with the Pennsauken Township Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 27
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 7, 1974

burglary, emergency response, weather

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Patrolman Dawson,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 7, 2024

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