Police Officer Kristin Marie Pataki

Police Officer Kristin Marie Pataki

Maryland-National Capital Park Police - Montgomery County Division, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, May 4, 2002

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Kristin Marie Pataki

Police Officer Kristin Pataki was killed in an automobile accident while responding to backup another officer at Little Bennett Regional Park's golf course in Clarksburg, Maryland.

Her patrol car left the wet roadway in the 24800 block of Clarksburg Road and struck a tree on the driver's side at approximately 10:00 pm. The officer she was en route to assist was investigating two suspicious men who turned out to be a known drug dealer and a known drug user.

Officer Pataki had served with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department for only eight months. She is survived by her fiance and parents.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge 35

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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You do not know but I continuously use your sacrifice that night as a teaching tool for young officers. Although it has been 19 years, I assure you that you have touched many new officer that come through my facility. You were taken so young but you are still impacting the profession!

Lieutenant Michael Meixsell (retired)
MNC Park Police (retired) currently Administrator, State of Maryland

May 5, 2021

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