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Officer Robert Joseph Nielsen | Chandler Police Department, Arizona Chandler Police Department, Arizona

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Robert Joseph Nielsen

Chandler Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 445

Cause: Automobile accident

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Officer Robert Nielsen was killed in an automobile accident while responding to another accident call at 1:51 pm

As he proceeded through the intersection at Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive, the driver of another vehicle failed to yield the right of way and made a left turn into his path, hitting his 1999 Crown Victoria patrol car, causing it to strike a utility pole. Upon impact, the patrol car burst into flames and Officer Nielsen was trapped inside.

Passersby attempted to pull him from the vehicle but were unable to because of the fire.

Officer Nielsen had served with the Chandler Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother, and sister.

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Officer Nielsen, I pass by your memorial sign practically every day when riding my bike to and from work or just recreational riding, and I always think of that horrible day when your life was taken. I hope and pray that you're in a better place where you don't feel pain and misery ever again. God Bless you, sir. You are a true hero, and heroes are never forgotten.

Taylor Ramerth
Citizen of Chandler, Arizona, and supporter of law enforcement.
March 4, 2015

 

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