Detective Thomas Atkins Dawson

Detective Thomas Atkins Dawson

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Monday, August 13, 1973

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Thomas Atkins Dawson

Detective Dawson was killed in a one-car automobile accident on State Highway 130 while on duty in Washington Township.

Detective Dawson had served with the New Jersey State Police for almost 7 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 2141

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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I had the pleasure and honor of working with Detective Dawson's son, Sean. He is everything Detective Dawson could have hoped for and then some as both his son and a Trooper. He honors him daily in his work ethic and by treating other kindly and respectfully and is the penultimate gentleman and professional. I can only imagine Detective Dawson was the same in life and on the job as his son strives for greatness in all he does.

Detective Taryn Ritacco Schwartz
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

April 24, 2015

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