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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I'm a truck driver and I passed by this name a few times and I always wondered what this man did deserve this honor and now I understand I mean don't get me wrong I know he died or it was related to him doing his job to give us all protected and I'm sorry that he gave up his life for the betterment of mankind but I know he's with God lord father Lord Jesus

Joe Cruz

November 24, 2019

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