Trooper Robert J. Prato

Trooper Robert J. Prato

New Jersey State Police, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, December 2, 1969

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Robert J. Prato

Trooper Prato was killed at 8:19 p.m. in an automobile accident on I-295 in West Deptford Township.

His patrol car was traveling north on the inside lane when he was struck head-on by a drunk driver in a 1963 Chevrolet convertible heading south in the northbound lane at mile marker 19.3.

Trooper Prato had served with the agency for 13 months. He was survived by his wife and two sons, ages 4 and 2.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 2353

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Apprehended

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Trooper Prato,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Jersey. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 2, 2019

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