John Brosseau, 31, Harford Co. deputy sheriff


Deputy 1st Class John T. Brosseau Jr., an officer with the Harford County sheriff's office for seven years, died Thursday at University of Maryland Medical Center of complications after treatment for leukemia. The Belcamp resident was 31.

Deputy Brosseau was well-liked by citizens and fellow officers, said Harford County Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows.

"He was one of those guys who didn't complain, who did his job and did it well," he said. "He was very good at community relations and problem-solving."

Raised in Harford County, he was a 1984 graduate of John Carroll High School in Bel Air and attended Harford Community College. He joined the Air Force in 1986 and spent four years as a munitions maintenance specialist at Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York.

He then joined the Harford sheriff's office and graduated from the training academy in January 1991, said Sgt. Christopher Swain.

He was a certified firearms instructor and armorer and was trained in advanced accident investigation. He also taught anti-drug programs in county high schools with the D.A.R.E (Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education) Program.

While he was on duty, Deputy Brosseau tried to help people solve their problems, Sergeant Swain said. "He was sensitive to people's feelings," he said.

When he began his job, he was surprised that suspects would lie to him, since he assumed that people would be as honest as he was, Sergeant Swain recalled.

He made many drunken driving arrests and "was adamant that " no one should be drinking and driving," Sergeant Swain said. One of his traffic stops in 1994 led to the capture of a suspect in the killing of a Towson University student.

Survivors include his wife of seven years, the former Darcy Lawrence; a daughter, Emily Brosseau; his parents, John T. and Jane Brosseau of Bel Air; a sister, Cheryl A. Brosseau of Belcamp; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hill.

Pub Date: 6/15/98

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