Patrolman Richard F. Dawson

Patrolman Richard F. Dawson

Pennsauken 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 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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Brother Dawson,

Yesterday we visited your final resting place. We had a wreath for you. The program that runs this is the Fallen Heroes Wreath Program. However the rules of the mausoleum prevented us from leaving the wreath. We brought it back to police headquarters and hung it there in your honor. Although the Officers that honored you yesterday never worked with you, we want you to know that you have not been forgotten. Rest In Peace Brother.

Patrolman Michael Ciaccia #172
Pennsauken Township

December 2, 2018

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