YARMOUTH – Sixteen years ago today—Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Officer Bradford M. Erickson was killed in the line of duty while directing traffic at a road-improvement project in Barnstable.
At approximately 2:30PM on 12.1.2000 Patrol Officer Erickson, age 60, was struck by a fully loaded heavy construction vehicle and transported to Cape Cod Hospital where despite heroic efforts by doctors and nurses, he succumbed to his injuries approximately eight hours later.
Patrol Officer Erickson had served with the Yarmouth Police Department for 28 years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.
Yarmouth Police Headquarters was built in 2001 and the road leading into the facility is named Brad Erickson Way in his memory. A special plaque and seat is posted in our Headquarters Lobby and our Roll Call briefing room in Brad’s honor.
Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Bradford M. Erickson
End of Watch 12.1.00
I am a warrior,
I fight not for glory or fame,
For they are momentary.
I fight for those who can’t.
I fight for justice, the oppressed and the down trodden.
And if I should lose my life for these just causes,
Then I have no regrets,
For I serve to protect the innocent.
It matters not where or when,
For evil knows no boundaries.
Be it fire, flood or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee.
Justice is my weapon. Faith my shield and Hope my armor.
Cry not at my passing for it was my Honor to fight for you.
Shed not tears of sorrow but tears of Joy,
For now, I stand with God.