Police Officer Robert James Taylor, Sr.

Police Officer Robert James Taylor, Sr.

Chippewa Cree Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Monday, May 27, 2002

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Robert James Taylor, Sr.

Police Officer Robert Taylor drowned while attempting to rescue a man who had capsized in a small rowboat in the Bonneau Reservoir on the Rocky Boy Reservation during the Memorial Day holiday.

One other occupant of the boat was able to swim to shore. Officer Taylor attempted to swim to the boat in the cold water, which was about 75 feet from shore.

When he was approximately 15 feet from the boat, he went underwater and never resurfaced. The man he was attempting to rescue was able to make it to shore with the help of bystanders. Officer Taylor's body was recovered two days later.

Officer Taylor had served with the Rocky Boy's Tribal Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and five sons.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 38

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned
  • Location Montana

water rescue

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