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Fallen Trooper Burrell M. Baucom

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Burrell M. Baucom
1902 - 1933

Burrell M. Baucom was born in Portland on January 2, 1902, the son and one of five children of Burrell L. and Genevieve Baucom. He met Dorothea Diamond at Oregon State College and they were married in 1923. Burrell came to the Medford area about 1928 and was hired as a patrol officer by the Oregon State Traffic Division on September 8, 1930, and assigned to patrol the Medford area. The Oregon State Police was formed the following year and Burrell was hired by them. Burrell was a lieutenant in the local National Guard and was the very popular commanding officer of the headquarters company. Prior to joining the Traffic Division, he was a military instructor at the local junior high-school.

On July 1, 1933, Trooper Baucom was patrolling north of Grants Pass and stopped a car that had been reported stolen. When the automobile stopped, the 17-year-old driver pulled a gun and shot Trooper Baucom three times, killing him. The murder, which was witnessed by a passing motorist who knew Trooper Baucom, had stopped up the road when he heard the shots and when he saw what had occurred he fled the scene to report the shooting to the county sheriff. The sheriff deputized a group of volunteers who scoured the area. They located the stolen car at the bottom of a ravine and with evidence from the car and the murder scene they expanded the search. The following day the officers talked with a local farmer who had recently fed two young men who were on foot. The two were shortly located and after a short gun battle they surrendered. Both denied the shooting but after being told of the evidence against them one accused the other of the crime. The shooter was convicted of first degree murder and the other of second degree murder and both were sentenced to life in prison.

Trooper Baucom was 31 years old when he died. He and his wife had no children. He was survived by Dorothea, his parents and several brothers and sisters. Officer Baucom’s funeral in Medford was organized by the 3rd Battalion, 186th Infantry with Oregon State Police as honorary pallbearers. A military escort accompanied his casket to the train back to Portland where another family service was held. Officer Baucom’s remains are at the Portland Memorial Mausoleum.


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