Patrolman Richard F. Dawson

Patrolman Richard F. Dawson

Pennsauken Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, March 7, 1999

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 is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 27

Incident Details

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

burglary, emergency response

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Officer Dawson,
I had the great fortune to meet your wife today at the Wall in DC. Your name is on the same panel as my friend Scott's (Scott A Wertz EOW 8-6-06) and we happened to be there at the same time. She was kind enough to give me a rose to place at Scott's name and after many pictures, tears, and smiles we parted ways. The power of the Wall to bring strangers together with a common bond is unfortunate yet comforting.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. I'll be sure to say hello when I am in DC next month for Police Week.


Nancy Bubbenmoyer

April 4, 2009

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