The Indiana Department of Transportation was recently urged to memorialize fallen Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Shadron Kiley “Shad” Bassett by naming a stretch of State Road 39 in his honor.
Bassett, who started his law enforcement career as a reserve officer for the Burnettsville PD, served on the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department for two and a half years before he lost his life in a single-vehicle automobile accident in 2005 while responding to a 911 call in his patrol car.
Last week, District 5 State Senator Ed Charbonneau presented Concurrent Resolution No. 4 to the Homeland Security and Transportation Committee.
The resolution recognized that Deputy Bassett paid the ultimate price while protecting the people of Pulaski County and the State of Indiana. In order to honor his sacrifice and service, it called for one mile of SR 39 between Pulaski County Roads 300 North and 400 North to be named the “Deputy Shadron K. Bassett Memorial Mile”.
All members on the committee reportedly voted in favor of passing the resolution.
The resolution also notes that Deputy Bassett was born in Monticello but was a graduate of Knox High School. He was member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123.
He is survived by three sisters, a brother and his parents as well as his wife and three daughters. Shad was know as a kindhearted person who was respected by his peers for his love of God, family, and community.
All information provided above was obtained from Concurrent Resolution No. 4 while the photo that appears at the top of the article was found on the Officer Down Memorial Page website.