Deputy Sheriff Robert Arthur VanAlyne, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Robert Arthur VanAlyne, Jr.

Laramie County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming

End of Watch Thursday, August 1, 1985

Robert Arthur VanAlyne, Jr.

Deputy VanAlyne drowned after being swept into flood waters in Cheyenne, Wyoming, while attempting to rescue four people stranded on the roof of a car. A six-year-old girl also was swept away and drowned.

Deputy VanAlyne was a Vietnam War veteran and was posthumously awarded received the Carnegie Heroism Award, the Civil Air Patrol Heroism Award, the Laramie County Sheriff's Department's Medal of Valor, and the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. He was survived by his son, parents, and three siblings.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Thank you for your service to our nation, the answer to your call to law enforcement, and to upholding to your sworn oath. Clearly you are a courageous man, as your life and actions demonstrate. May the Lord watch over you, and all who know and love you. Rest in peace.

Chief Tim Foppiano
Alpine Wyoming Fire Department

August 1, 2015

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