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Killed in the Line of Duty 77 Years Ago Today

September 4, 2012 — The Salt Lake City Police Department remembers the loss of one its own: Officer Blaine L. Baxter, killed in the line of duty September 4, 1935.

Officer Baxter was killed in a motorcycle accident while enforcing speed limits in Salt Lake City. The 28-year-old officer was conducting routine speed enforcement on 200 West, between 200 and 300 North, when he observed a vehicle traveling south at a high rate of speed. Officer Baxter pursued the violator.

At the intersection of 100 North 200 West, a vehicle turned in front of him. Officer Baxter lost control of his motorcycle while taking evasive action and crashed into the wall of a building. He suffered a broken neck and died at a local hospital.

Officer Baxter was married and the father of two children. He is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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