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Trooper Gary Gifford | Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada

Trooper

Gary Gifford

Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 14, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Trooper Gifford was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of a bank robbery suspect on US 50 at Cave Rock, Nevada. The suspect was convicted and later died in prison.

Trooper Gifford was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for 6 years and had served a short time as chief of the Fallon Police Department. He was survived by his son, parents, and sister.

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In 1982, I was a young NHP cadet and was reminded of the murder of Trooper Gifford. Coincidentally, I was station at Lake Tahoe for my first duty assignment and worked with those men who knew and worked with Trooper Gifford. Not a shift went by that I did not reflect upon his ultimate sacrifice as I drove through Cave Rock tunnel while sweeping my beat. To this day, even after I had moved on from the NHP, I reflect on that day every October. Those who have served at the Lake Tahoe sub-station have a special bond.

CHP State Traffic Ofcr. Folke Lilyquist
1989 NHP #6173
July 18, 2015

 

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