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Security Policeman Robert R. Dover | United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

Security Policeman

Robert R. Dover

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, March 18, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Location: Texas

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Served 6 months

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Policeman Robert Dover was killed when a vehicle crashed into the installation gate's guard shack at Kelly AFB, Texas. The vehicle and building caught fire immediately after the crash.

The driver of the vehicle who caused the crash was determined to be drunk. He served six months in jail and was released into a work release program.

Policeman Dover had served with the United State Air Force for six years. He was survived by his wife and daughter. A street at Kelly AFB was named Robert Dover Street in his honor.

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I had a POW bracelet since Bobby and I were in High School. I recently found out my POW had been located and his remains were returned home. When adding my "reflections" to that site, this site popped up. And I found Bobby.
I saw where Cy Avery posted a comment. I was in school with them as well. Bobby and I shared a love for a girl - Julie Bridges. For reasons I have forgotten, Julie chose me and I know if bothered Bobby a lot. We lost contact with each other over the next few years.
Julie and I married and were in Greece at the time of Bobby's accident. It it us very hard - especially being so far away and not being able to pay proper respects.
Bobby's tribute at the Security Police Museum at Lackland AFB should remain forever with all the great SPs we have lost.
To Bobby's family know I (& Julie) will never forget. He is thought of often, as several of my relatives have sought a career in the Air Force and I remind them of my time and the times of my friends.
We will meet again, someday, and we shall guard the gates once more. Our nation became a little weaker that day - but the Army of our Lord became so much stronger.
Ten-hut... Hand Salute. Rest.

Fred Bedson (TSgt-E6 Retired)
Classmate-Friend-Partner
October 14, 2013

 

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