Police Officer Nicholas Scott Galinger

Police Officer Nicholas Scott Galinger

Chattanooga Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, February 24, 2019

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Nicholas Scott Galinger

Police Officer Nicholas Galinger was struck and killed by a vehicle in the 2900 block of Hamill Road at 11:00 pm.

He was checking a manhole cover that had water overflowing from it when he was struck. Officer Galinger was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.

The vehicle fled the scene after striking him. The driver turned herself in two days later after being added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top Ten Most Wanted List. She was charged with vehicular homicide.

Officer Galinger had just graduated from the police academy in January 2019 and was in field training. He is survived by his son, daughter, parents, two sisters, two brothers, two grandmothers and other relatives.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 1 month
  • Badge 1016

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with vehicular homicide

field training, hit and run

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I remember our days doing security together. Those were good days. You made my day at work go by just a little bit better. Your presence and conversation would brighten up any room. I regret not taking enough time off of work to just hit up some bars with you and enjoy Savannah. I want you to know that I think men like you are heroes and it would be very difficult for someone to fill your shoes. You were a real law man. You were honest, hardworking, and you actually cared about others. I'm going to miss you my friend. I hope your in heaven right now helping guard the gates.

Deputy Sheriff M. Lisi
Friend and former security co-worker

July 18, 2019

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