Chief of Police John Edward Roberts

Chief of Police John Edward Roberts

Gordon Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, November 24, 1978

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John Edward Roberts

Chief of Police John Roberts suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after struggling with a suspect who had just escaped from the police department.

He had chased the man a short distance and was able to subdue him before collapsing.

Chief Roberts had served with the Gordon Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, son, three sisters, and brother.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

arrest, escapee, foot pursuit, struggle

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Always a tough month with your birthday 11/18;and day of passing 11/24. I miss you daddy. I know you and mama are happy to be together again. I love you daddy. You will always be my hero

John Roberts

November 24, 2020

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