Sergeant David Baldwin
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado
End of Watch: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Tour of Duty: 27 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: January 26, 2014
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Ted Mink
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
200 Jefferson County Pkwy
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 277-0211
Sergeant David Baldwin was killed when his police motorcycle was struck head-on by another vehicle on Highway 93, at West 64th Parkway, at approximately 10:30 am.
The other vehicle attempted to illegally pass a third vehicle on a double-yellow line when he struck Sergeant Baldwin.
Sergeant Baldwin was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years. He was assigned to the Traffic/Motorcycle Unit.
Sgt. David Baldwin, the Jefferson County deputy who died Sunday when he was hit by a wrong-way driver, was a teacher, friend and mentor, Sheriff Ted Mink said, and will be missed by his department and family.
"It takes a special kind of person to take an oath to protect and serve their community, and to constantly place the safety of others above their own," Mink said a media release Monday. "Dave will be remembered for his love of family, his duty to service and his dedication to this community."
Baldwin was on motorcycle patrol riding north on Colorado 93 on Sunday morning when he was hit by a vehicle that crossed the double-yellow line.
According to the sheriff’s department, Baldwin was a U.S. Air Force veteran whose law enforcement career began when he joined the Jeffco sheriff’s department in 1987. He was promoted to sergeant in 1996.
Through the years, Baldwin worked a variety of assignments, including stints in the detention division, civil and fugitive unit, bomb squad and the patrol division. He had a passion for teaching, the sheriff’s office said, having served as an instructor in firearms, driving, and with the Basic and Advanced Law Enforcement Motorcycle School.
The sheriff’s office has created a website — rememberbaldwin.blog spot.com — and has invited people to post memories about him.
"Our family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for all of the love and outpouring of sympathy and sadness for the passing of our husband and father," they posted on the memorial site. "He liked absolutely nothing more than serving others and improving, empowering and helping every citizen or fellow officer he ever came in contact with."
The family suggests donations to the Fraternal Order of Police at any KeyBank location, with the note "West Metro Lodge 18, Sgt. Dave Baldwin Memorial Fund."