Officer Robert J. Furmage, Jr.

Officer Robert J. Furmage, Jr.

North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles Enforcement Section, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, January 2, 1970

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Robert J. Furmage, Jr.

Officer Robert Furmage was struck and killed by a drunk driver while inspecting a truck at the Lumberton Weigh Station off of I-95 at 4650 Kahn Drive. The drunk driver entered the weigh station at a high rate of speed and struck Officer Furmage and another officer.

The suspect was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison on February 26, 1970. He was paroled on June 20, 1975.

Officer Furmage had been with the agency for 16 years and had been with the State Highway Patrol for an additional seven years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and was involved with the invasion of Normandy. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Paroled in 1975

drunk driver, traffic stop

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Officer Furmage,
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 USN during WW II-especially during D-Day at Normandy in France in 1944. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

January 2, 2020

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