Governor Wolf Calls for Moment of Silence in Memory of Sergeant Mark Baserman

February 25, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement in memory of Sergeant Mark Baserman, who died one year ago while working at the State Correctional Institution at Somerset:

“Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of State Correctional Institution at Somerset Sergeant Mark Baserman. He died of injuries suffered from an assault by an inmate. One assault on an officer is one too many.

“While there are not enough words to honor his life, his sacrifice, and his service to his fellow citizens, I am asking all Pennsylvanians to honor his memory by observing a one-minute moment of silence at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday in memory of Sgt. Baserman and his ultimate sacrifice.

“Corrections officers, like first responders and our soldiers, serve quietly and behind the scenes. The act of willingly going to work every day to protect the safety of others is an act of heroism. These men and women in uniform are joined today by hundreds more, everyday citizens, who appreciate the unwavering service of public servants such as Sgt. Baserman.

“We are committed to the safety of all staff and to providing corrections officers and other staff with the tools and training they need to protect their health and safety. The Department of Corrections will continue to use all of the resources available to reduce violence in prison with the goal of ensuring that every staff member returns home safely each day.”

Employees at SCI Somerset have created a Baserman Memorial Scholarship fund with $25,000 raised so far toward endowing a $50,000 scholarship for a student to attend the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

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