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KUSA - Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy, Sergeant David Baldwin, was killed in the line of duty in Golden on Sunday.

Baldwin was on patrol at the time of his death, on a stretch of highway he'd expressed safety concerns over in the past. Keeping the road safe was his mission, one Baldwin gave his life trying to complete.

Jefferson County and the sheriff's department is remembering Sgt. Baldwin's 27 years of service.

"He never had a bad day [and] always had a smile on his face," Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink said.

His passion was service. He often went the extra mile, even on a road he knew well. It's the road where he lost his life.

"He did beyond his 40 hours because what was required of him [and] because he loved his job," Mink said.

Mink said there was no pressure on Baldwin to work longer. But concern came from the deputy himself.

"I'm afraid that accidents that result in serious bodily injuries or fatalities are going to go up," Baldwin said last September.

In a 9NEWS interview from 2013, Baldwin said the traffic unit he led could not keep up a strong presence on Highway 93. It was a funding issue.

"His passion was traffic enforcement and he wanted to make sure the deputies focused on the those high accident locations being 93," Mink said.

Baldwin died while patrolling 93 on his motorcycle. He was hit head-on by 83-year-old Kenneth Hosch.
Officials plan to charge Hosch, but haven't yet.

Baldwin, who also recently earned the Sheriff's Star for his service during the Colorado floods would've turned 51 next week.

Sheriff Mink recalled a conversation with Baldwin just last Thursday.
Baldwin spoke about one birthday wish.

"He told me the best birthday I could have is if the Broncos won this Super Bowl," Mink recalled.

Baldwin is survived by his community, colleagues and family. He leaves behind a wife and son.

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