(Hillsboro) A police officer with the Hillsboro Police Department is dead following an ATV accident in Washington County on Saturday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 40-year old Brad Maassen was driving a 2019 Can Am Outlander on Woodland Drive, and traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned ejecting both he and his passenger, a 10-year old female. Maassen was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 10-year old was airlifted to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital with serious injuries. Maassen was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

According to the Hillsboro Police Department release…….Officer Maassen has been with the Hillsboro Police Department since April 2018 and was truly an asset to our agency.

Brad had a passion for law enforcement and a genuine desire to serve. He was recently honored at the Jefferson County CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Banquet and was the recipient of the Hillsboro Police Department’s Life-Saving Award, along with several other departmental commendations. He had an eternally positive attitude, a great passion for helping others, and was proud of the uniform he wore.

Brad will be missed greatly. Our hearts are with his family, friends, and coworkers. Godspeed, Officer Maassen. We’ll take it from here.