Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corrections Officer Frederick W. Baker

New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, July 30, 1997

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Reflections for Corrections Officer Frederick W. Baker

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones and close friends today. Continue to watch over all of them. You will never be forgotten as ture heroes never die.

"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear."

Bob Gordon
Dep. Chief, Ret. Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 30, 2012

To the Baker Family, BSP Staff, and to the entire NJDOC,

Today, July 30th, 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic and senseless murder of our brother Fred Baker. Fred leaves behind not just a legacy of how he died which serves as a constant reminder to all those who serve behind the wall, but rather he leaves behind the legacy of how he lived his life.

Fred's love of family, and of his children Jason and Dara exemplifies what a loving and nurturing soul he was and the positive influence he instilled in them that lives within them for us to see to this day.

Many events have taken place in the time since we lost Fred. His children have grown up to be fine young adults. Dara is a beautiful young lady with a bright future ahead of her. Jason has joined the NJ State Police and has recently married. Fred's mom Arlene (our Mom too) will be sorely missed after losing a recent bout with cancer and has gone to join Fred.

They say that time marches on but that is not to imply that we have moved on or left our memories in the past...on the contrary as we have all done what Fred would have wanted and expected from us all and that is to live our lives to the fullest.

Fred may be gone but he is not forgotten and he lives on through his children. They say that an officer never truly dies unless he is forgotten and WE SHALL NEVER FORGET!

Captain (Retired)
Bayside State Prison

July 30, 2012

I have to say that reading recent post on under my father's name truly reminds me that he will never be forgotten. Dad your always with me. I love you

Jason Baker

July 8, 2012

Today I had the privilege of being the recipient of the Fred Baker Academic Achievement Award during Class 226's graduation. It was an honor to be able to meet your family and thank them for your service. As other officers have said, your sacrifice has single handedly made thousands of your brothers and sisters safer. That is a debt we can never repay, but we will continue on with the mission you gave your life for.

C.O.R Anastasio
New Jersey Dept of Corrections

June 13, 2012

As we walk through the doors to begin our shift, we remember those who came before us. We most especially remember those who shed their life's blood in the line of duty.
Rest In Peace, Fred Baker.

Lt. Wayne H. Sanderson
New Jersey State Prison, Trenton

January 8, 2012

STILL MISS YOU FREDDY. YOUR KIDS ARE DOING FINE AND JASON MADE A GREAT NJ STATE TROOPER. I KNOW YOUR PROUD. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE YA.
6-25-11

SCO (RETIRED) DENISE BECK
NJ DEPT OF CORRECTIONS

June 25, 2011

Rest in Peace Brother

SGT David Force
NJDOC

June 18, 2011

Officer Baker we will never forget! You're 10-7 brother but keep an eye on us from above!

SCO George D. Smith III
NJDOC

May 24, 2011

RIP Brother, we remember you always.

Edward F. Beck (Ret)
Stone Harbor PD, NJ

July 30, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. I spent over 30 years in law enforcement and always held the highest regard for those working in prisons across this country for you are locked up with the worst our society has and you are unarmed. You are a true hero. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones. You have not been forgotten,

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 30, 2009

As I walked through those doors of Bayside everyday I was reminded what you gave up to protect us. As a nurse and a wife of a correction officer I think that people will never understand how serious a job that you held. The job I feel is one of the hardest jobs. Most police officers know that they could never do what you did.

former CMS nurse

December 9, 2008

Rest in peace Brother.

Kevin T Ryan
NJ

August 8, 2008

Sir You are Remembered today. Thank You Sir for Your Service. God Bless You and Your Family.........

J Mullens
Federal Bureau of Prisons

July 30, 2008

Thankyou sir for your service and sacrifice, you will always be remembered and are a hero to us all.

POLICE OFFICER 9TH DISTRICT
PHILA PA

February 6, 2008

The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 12, 2007

Officer Baker,
I have never met you, but I know you. I have never talked to you, but you have taught me well. I have never walked into the facility joking with you, but your sense of humor lives on. I started to walk through these halls 9 years after your tour so sadly ended, but we still feel your presence. Your presence guides us through the good and bad. Not a day passes that you are not remembered.
Baker Family,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you every moment of the day. The officers of the NJDOC will stand with you any time, any day. Congratulations to the newest Baker Law Enforcement Officer - We are all very proud.

Sco Bayside state prison

November 26, 2007

Fred I did not know you, I had retired a few years before your EOW but the Officer's you left behind have you to thank for the vest that they all have now. Its crazy how things have to happen in order for any action to be taken. RIP Brother your in my thoughts and prayers, Fred watch over the rest of us down here.

Sr Correction Officer, Ret John DiLello
NJ Dept of Corrections

November 8, 2007

Officer Baker, I know I did not know you but I know your daughter Dara. May you always rest in peace and be in our hearts forever. God bless you, friends, and family members of you.

Megan
niece of Kenneth Brown

August 2, 2007

Officer Baker,
We are remembering you today on the tenth anniversary of your EOW. You served with an integrity that only a select few have. You will always be remembered, no matter how many years pass. Thank you for giving your all. Your family and friends are in my thoughts.

Pennsylvania citizen

July 30, 2007

God bless you and your family on this 10th anniversary of your death.

Detective
Cranford Police Dept (NJ)

July 30, 2007

10 YEARS TODAY OFFICER BAKER. WE REMEMBER AND HONOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. KEEP WATCH OVER THEM AND YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS STILL SERVING.

JASON: THANK YOU FOR THE CAREER YOU HAVE CHOSEN. I LOOK FORWARD TO YOU PROTECTING US.

DARA: ALL MY BEST TO YOU. YOU ARE A VERY BRAVE YOUNG LADY AND I WISH YOU WELL. YOU ARE SO RIGHT, YOUR DADDY IS ALWAYS NEAR WATCHING OVER YOU. GOD BLESS YOU.

MICHAEL (inmate on the unit): THANK YOU FOR HONORING OFFICER BAKER. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT NOT ALL INMATES ARE VIOLENT. YOU SHOWED GREAT RESPECT AND COMPASSION BY LEAVING A REFLECTION FOR OFFICER BAKER. I ADMIRE YOU FOR THAT. I HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU. YOU ARE A VERY HONORABLE MAN.

JIM SWEENEY CIVILIAN NEW JERSEY
A FRIEND TO ALL PEACE OFFICERS

July 30, 2007

Im Frederick W. Baker's neice April. I miss him alot. And todays the 10th rememberance year of his death. I was four years old when he was murdered and all I remember is getting a call about it while the Titanic was ending on tv. And "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion started to play when my mom told me. I cant watch Titanic anymore...And I cant listen to that song without crying...



My last memory with him is when him and my aunt were babysitting me and all I remember is playing peek-a-boo with him...Thats all I remember....

All I am trying to say is ... I love him very much, and I hope he is resting in peace right at this very moment.

April Marshall
Neice

July 29, 2007

SCO Baker, I had the opportunity of meeting your son Jason last week in Philadelphia where we honored all of our fallen heroes. You would be proud of him, looks like he has grown into a fine young man. God bless you Fred.

Brian Daigle
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center-Louisiana

June 29, 2007

I just found this program on my computer. I never knew it existed. Thank you all for your good wishes for my family. Next month will be Fred's 10th Anniversary. Sometime it seems like a hundred years since he came in the door on a Sunday saying what's for dinner Mom, Other times it seems like yeaterday. Fred's son and daughter are doing well. Dara is now in the 6th grade and hopefully Jason will be graduating from the State Police Academy in August. Thank you for thinking of us. You are in our prayers daily.
To Michael,
Thank you for saying those kind words about Fred. I know you will remember that day as we will. We will also keep you in our prayers.

Fred's Mom

June 20, 2007

As a nurse at a NJ prison, I see the difficulties that officers have to deal with everyday. I was not working in corrections when Officer Baker was killed, but I've heard a lot of great things about him and know that there are people that miss him greatly. I hope this never happens to another family. To his family, just know that there are a lot of people in DOC that thought very highly of Officer Baker. NO ONE has forgotten him.

CMS Nurse

June 8, 2007

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