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Patrolman Robert J. Card | Sterling Police Department, Illinois Sterling Police Department, Illinois


Robert J. Card

Sterling Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 12, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years, 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Never apprehended

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Patrolman Robert Card was shot and killed while searching for two armed robbery suspects.

A truck driver from a Clinton, Iowa, bottling works company had stopped on Lincoln Highway, about six miles west of Sterling, to assist two young men who asked him to borrow a jack. As the truck driver was retrieving the jack, he was knocked unconscious with a pop bottle. When he came to, both his money and the bandits had disappeared.

Despite numerous roadblocks set up by authorities on local highways, the suspects were able to escape. It is believed Patrolman Card had recognized the suspects and while pursuing them, he was shot and killed.

Patrolman Card had served with the Sterling Police Department for less than one month. He had previously served with the Illinois State Police for nearly 6½ years as a trooper assigned to District 1 in Sterling.

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My grandfather, Ed Dawson, was a Sterling patrol officer working with Officer Card that night. He died in 1983 but if I remember correctly my grandfather told me that both of them were on Indian motorcycles and these two ran their roadblock and they gave chase when Officer Card was killed. I know that this incident really bothered my grandfather for the rest of his life.

Sheriff Jerry Dawson (retired)
Macon Co. Sheriff's Office
July 1, 2016


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