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Officer Robert James Quirk | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California


Robert James Quirk

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Sunday, April 11, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

Incident Date: 4/10/1971

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Officer Robert Quirk suffered a fatal heart attack several hours after being involved in a foot pursuit.

The foot pursuit started at approximately 1:50 pm after he encountered three pedestrians on the shoulder of I-5, south of Route 36, in Red Bluff, California. He advised dispatchers that the three were running from him. When a backup officer arrived he located Officer Quirk walking all three subjects back towards his patrol car.

After Officer Quirk's shift ended he returned home and started experiencing chest pains. He suffered a fatal heart attack approximately 11 hours later.

Officer Quirk had served with the California Highway Patrol for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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Officer Quirk,
On today, the 45th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
April 11, 2016


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