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Artesia crash victim was police officer, volunteer fireman

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An Artesia police officer has died while on duty following a vehicle accident on Friday, and New Mexico State Police are investigating the crash.

Cpl. Thomas Wade Frazier, 42, joined the Artesia Police Department in February 2016, according to information released by the Artesia agency.

A law enforcement official since about 2004, Frazier previously worked with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department in Virginia, as well as with fire crews and rescue teams.

After he joined the Artesia Police Department, he became a member of the Criminal Investigations Division and also worked as an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Task Force.

He served as chief of the Sun Country Volunteer Fire Department in Eddy County, and was an active member of his church and a community volunteer, according to the Artesia Police Department.

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The APD said that Frazier was investigating an incident and was in a city-owned vehicle when the accident occurred north of Artesia on U.S. Highway 285. State police identified the vehicle Frazier was driving as a 2018 Ford pick-up.

State Police said that their officers were notified of the accident near milepost 77 at about 10:45 a.m. Friday.

Their statement indicates that Frazier was traveling north on U.S. 285 when his vehicle crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer as the trailer, also heading north, was slowing to turn into a dairy.

Frazier was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator, according to the state police. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 20-year-old man from Dexter, was uninjured in the crash.

The New Mexico State Police Uniform Bureau and the agency’s Crash Reconstruction Unit and Drone Unit are investigating the accident.

Frazier had been married to his wife, Allison, since 2012. They have three children, Kamryn, 7; Caden, 6; and Carter, 4.

“His wife and children and his APD family will miss him dearly,” an Artesia Police Department social media post stated. “We are requesting your prayers for Tom’s family at this time.”

The department also said that it will announce funeral service arrangements when they are known.

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