Chief of Police John Edward Roberts

Chief of Police John Edward Roberts

Gordon Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, November 24, 1978

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John Edward Roberts

Chief Roberts suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after struggling with a suspect who had just escaped from the police department. Chief Roberts chased the man a short distance and was able to subdue him before collapsing.

Chief Roberts had served with the Gordon Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Chief Roberts,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Gordon. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 24, 2018

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