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 on 4th Street, between Monroe Street and Hudson Street, 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.

Four nights later an off-duty officer at a local bar overheard two brothers bragging to others about murdering Patrolman Strone. They said they killed Patrolman Strone when he stopped them shortly after they had burglarized a candy store. The off-duty officer had both men arrested and they confessed to the murder. On March 1st, 1959, both, brothers, and ex-convicts, 37 and 42, were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. On December !6, 1960, they were convicted of the burglary that led to Patrolman Strone's murder and received an additional 2 to 3 years in prison. On August 3, 1973, one escaped from a prison work farm in Trenton. He was captured in Morgan City, Louisiana, on December 13, 1973.

Patrolman Strone had served with the Passaic Police Department for only five 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

foot patrol, robbery

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I want to pay homage to Officer Robert D Strone who EOW was May 8th 1958, that was 10 years before I was even born. On November 18th,2021 Once again we will be giving out the Robert D Strone Officer of the Year award to a deserving Officer who meets All the requirements of this award and who has throughout the year gone well above and beyond the call of duty. You have been gone for over 63 years and you will never be for gotten. Rest In Peace

Officer Juan J Nieves
City of Passaic PBA President Local 14

October 7, 2021

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