Trooper Robert J. Prato

Trooper Robert J. Prato

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, December 2, 1969

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Robert J. Prato

Trooper Prato was killed at 8:19 p.m. in an automobile accident on I-295 in West Deptford Township.

His patrol car was traveling north on the inside lane when he was struck head-on by a drunk driver in a 1963 Chevrolet convertible heading south in the northbound lane at mile marker 19.3. The 50-year-old drunk driver was also killed.

Trooper Prato had served with the agency for 13 months. He was survived by his wife and two sons, ages 4 and 2.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 2353

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Killed

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On this actual anniversary of your untimely departure I'd like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 2, 2020

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