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Officer Robert J. Furmage, Jr. | North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Section, North Carolina North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Section, North Carolina

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Robert J. Furmage, Jr.

North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Section, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, January 2, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 23 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Paroled in 1975

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Officer Robert Furmage was struck and killed by a drunk driver while inspecting a truck at the Lumberton Weigh Station off of I-95. The drunk driver entered the weigh station at a high rate of speed and struck Officer Furmage and another officer.

The suspect was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison February 26, 1970. He was paroled June 20, 1975.

Officer Furmage had been with the agency for 16 years and had been with the State Highway Patrol for an additional seven years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and was involved with the invasion of Normandy. He was survived by his wife and children.

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I spoke with your daughter today, she shared that your wife Mary has passed, but she also devoted her life to others as she had become a deputy with Robeson County. What a tribute to you that was. We honor our fallen officers now with a display of your photos and a candle which burns in your memory. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Assistant Supervisor Melissa Morris
NCDMV License & Theft Bureau
April 23, 2014

 

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