Officer Robert James Quirk

Officer Robert James Quirk

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 11, 1971

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Robert James Quirk

Officer Robert Quirk suffered a fatal heart attack several hours after being involved in a foot pursuit.

The foot pursuit started at approximately 1:50 pm after he encountered three pedestrians on the shoulder of I-5, south of Route 36, in Red Bluff, California. He advised dispatchers that the three were running from him. When a backup officer arrived he located Officer Quirk walking all three subjects back towards his patrol car.

After Officer Quirk's shift ended he returned home and started experiencing chest pains. He suffered a fatal heart attack approximately 11 hours later.

Officer Quirk had served with the California Highway Patrol for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Saturday, April 10, 1971

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Officer Quirk,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 11, 2021

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