Sergeant Robert M. "Whitey" Skelton, Jr.

Sergeant Robert M. "Whitey" Skelton, Jr.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Friday, June 23, 1972

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Robert M. "Whitey" Skelton, Jr.

Sergeant Robert Skelton was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.

On the rainy evening of June 21, 1972, Sergeant Robert Skelton, Jr., was on patrol in the Town of Pittsford. At about 8:30 p.m., Sergeant Skelton was southbound on Clover Street when an intoxicated northbound driver crossed into Sergeant Skelton's lane. Although Sergeant Skelton pulled to the right, he could not avoid the oncoming car. He was taken to the hospital, where he died 30 hours later. The other driver was taken to the hospital in serious condition but did survive his injuries. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Sergeant Skelton was a United States Army veteran who served with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for ten years and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 1971. He was survived by his expectant wife and 3-year-old son.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 213

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Wednesday, June 21, 1972
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Arrested

DUI, vehicle crash

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Sgt. Skelton,
On today the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

June 23, 2022

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