Patrolman Robert D. Strone

Patrolman Robert D. Strone

Passaic Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Thursday, May 8, 1958

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Robert D. Strone

Patrolman Robert Strone was shot and killed while on foot patrol shortly before midnight. Officers began searching for him at 12:15 am when he failed to check in, and found his body at approximately 2:00 am. He had been shot in the back and neck with his own service weapon.

A week later a tip led to the arrest of two brothers, both ex-convicts. Patrolman Strone had stopped them shortly after they had robbed a nearby candy store. On March 1, 1959, both were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Strone had served with the Passaic Police Department for only 5 months. He was survived by his wife and two infant daughters.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge 100

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Dear Dad,

May 8, 2018 will mark the 60th Anniversary of your death. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and often wonder what life would have been like had you not given your life on that horrible night. Up until mom's death in 2014, she missed you terribly every day of her life. It is comforting to know that you are both finally together again in Heaven.

You are and always will be my hero. I love you forever and always.



May 7, 2018

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