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Patrolman Robert J. Gallant | Berwick Police Department, Maine Berwick Police Department, Maine

Patrolman

Robert J. Gallant

Berwick Police Department, Maine

End of Watch: Saturday, September 11, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 11 months

Badge # 4

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Convicted of manslaughter

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Patrolman Robert Gallant was struck and killed by a drunk driver while at the scene of a domestic disturbance.

He was interviewing the female participant and both of them had begun to walk back towards the house. As they did so Patrolman Gallant heard an approaching vehicle. He turned around in time to see the that the vehicle was about to the strike the two and he pushed the female out of harms way. The vehicle struck him, causing fatal injuries. The driver of the vehicle was convicted of manslaughter.

Patrolman Gallant was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions is saving the life of the woman. He had only been with the agency for 11 months and was survived by his mother.

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I am stirred by the recent national focus regarding police officers. Like so many, I was raised to respect and genuinely look up to police officers. So was Bob, who grew up in the same kind of respectful community, and that is why he wanted to become one. I am still deeply saddened to know he was unable to fulfill his extraordinary potential to serve an honorable career protecting his fellow citizens. Men with Bob's integrity are rare, and I am confident his commitment and professionalism would have been unmatched on your police force. He was a very good man, a loyal and caring friend, and he remains in my thoughts and prayers. I hope to someday journey way Back East to visit this wonderful memorial in Berwick, ME to pay tribute in person. I relay my sincere respect and appreciation to all the officers who serve there, and across the country. God Bless You All!

Lt Colonel, USAF, Retired
Childhood Friend
May 20, 2015

 

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