Friday’s Heroes: Remembering the Fallen
Sergeant Mark J. Baserman, 61
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
On February 15, 2018, Sergeant Mark Baserman, a U.S Army veteran, was brutally attacked by an inmate as he sat at his desk in the housing unit day room. The prisoner who is serving a life sentence for murder, launched the attack after Sergeant Baserman removed a towel the inmate was using to block the view of his bunk.
The convicted murderer approached the officer’s desk and began punching him in the head. Once the sergeant fell to the floor, the inmate repeatedly kicked him in the head and face.
Sergeant Baserman was hospitalized but succumbed to the extensive injuries on February 26, 2018.
I cannot think of a punishment harsh enough for scum who kill police officers.
It breaks my heart to hear what happened to this poor man. I wish the general public fully understood the abuse law enforcement officers take on a daily basis. My dad was a policeman in Fort Worth in the late 40s. In 1950 he became an FBI agent, and while he didn’t receive abuse in the same way, it amazed me that some people still felt free to denigrate him for his profession. The world is a strange place.