Chief of Police Robert W. Gates, Sr.

Chief of Police Robert W. Gates, Sr.

East Pikeland Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, July 23, 1975

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Robert W. Gates, Sr.

Chief Gates suffered a fatal heart attack while investigating a prowler call at a residence. He had been on duty at the township fire department for the annual fair when he was notified of a prowler at a home across the street. He collapsed as he searched home.

Chief Gates had served with the agency for 16 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 23, 2020

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