Chief of Police Robert Earl Pierce

Chief of Police Robert Earl Pierce

Irwin Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, June 23, 1957

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Robert Earl Pierce

Chief of Police Robert Pierce was struck and killed by a vehicle while lighting a red kerosene warning lantern at a construction zone at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Cedar Street.

The warning lights had gone out during heavy rain and Chief Pierce was relighting them along with a patrolman at about 10:20 pm. He was struck by a pharmacist who was rushing to his pharmacy to fill an emergency prescription. Chief Pierce was transported to Greensburg Hospital where he died at 4:50 am.

No charges were filed against the driver.

Chief Pierce was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. He had served with the Irwin Borough Police Department for 18 months and had previously served with the Youngwood Borough Police Department. He was survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, mother, and three siblings.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 22, 1957

construction zone

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Both your sons have now joined you, your wife turns 91 tomorrow and your daughter is still alive, you have lots of grandchildren (I'm one of them) and even great-grandchildren! We have not forgotten! R.I.P. Grandad ♡


March 9, 2021

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