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Sergeant Robert M. Monroe County Sheriff's Office, New York


Robert M. "Whitey" Skelton, Jr.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch: Friday, June 23, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 213

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 6/21/1972

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Arrested

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Sergeant Skelton was killed when his patrol car was stuck head on by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.

On the rainy evening of June 21, 1972, Sergeant Robert Skelton, Jr., was on patrol in the Town of Pittsford. At about 8:30 p.m., Sergeant Skelton was southbound on Clover Street when an intoxicated northbound driver crossed into Sergeant Skelton's lane. Although Sergeant Skelton pulled to the right, he could not avoid the oncoming car. He was taken to the hospital, where he died 30 hours later. The other driver was taken to the hospital in serious condition, but did survive his injuries. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Sergeant Skelton began his career with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in July 1962 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 1971.

He was survived by his expectant wife and 3-year-old son.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 23, 2015


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