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On Wednesday morning Trooper George Baker assisted Hammond Police in attempting to stop a vehicle that had fled during a traffic stop.
Baker and an other officer had put stop sticks on the road to stop a vehicle that Hammond Police were pursuing. The vehicle crashed and Baker was in the process of removing the stop sticks when a Hammond Police Vehicle accidentally struck him and an other officer.
Both officers were taken to a nearby hospital. Trooper Baker passed away four days later. The other offer only sustained minor injuries and was treated and released.
Officer Baker’s organs were donated.
“Trooper Baker passed today leaving our hearts heavy but full of pride as he exemplified our values of duty, selfless service, and personal courage,”
– State Police Superintendent Colonel Kevin Reeves
Prior to joining the police department Baker served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years. He then served 4 years as an officer with the Greensburg Police Department and 3 years with St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s office. He had been a state trooper for 3 years prior to his death.
“His selfless commitment to his fellow Louisianans represents the best of us and he continues to serve even after his passing by having his organs donated to help others in need. His courage and bravery will never be forgotten.”
– Governor Edwards
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Baker.
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