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

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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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 16, 2013

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