Trooper Robert F. Rulong

Trooper Robert F. Rulong

West Virginia State Police, West Virginia

End of Watch Monday, February 10, 1958

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Robert F. Rulong

Trooper Rulong was struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating an accident on WV 25 near Institute, West Virginia. The 49-year-old woman who hit him was charged with drunk driving and manslaughter. She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to one year. She was paroled after serving less than three months.

Trooper Rulong had served with the agency for just under 2 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year, 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 year

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I lived in the 'log' house beside the road where the accident occured. I was a little girl when this happened. I remember looking out the window at all the flashing lights and sirens. My dad, G.E. Davis, went outside to see if he could be of any help. It was right after dad went outside that the woman hit Trooper Rulong's car. Daddy came running back into our house and got a blanket (or two) telling my mother that the trooper was hurt and he needed to keep him warm. He later told us he died almost immediately. My dad and mom often wondered what ever happened to his family. I pray that they were able to have a happy life.

Lillian Ruth Davis Casto

February 2, 2013

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