Officer Robert Craig Cloninger

Officer Robert Craig Cloninger

Mount Gilead Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, August 15, 2021

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Robert Craig Cloninger

Officer Craig Cloninger died after suffering a medical emergency after responding to a structure fire involving a trapped occupant at 295 Northview Road shortly before midnight.

Officers from the Mount Gilead Police Department and fire personnel responded to the scene of the fully engulfed home. Officer Cloninger collapsed while at the scene of the fire and rescue personnel immediately began life-saving efforts. He was transported to FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

Officer Cloninger served as a reserve officer with the Mount Gilead Police Department and as a full-time officer with the Biscoe Police Department. He had 19 years of law enforcement service and had previously served with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. He also served with the Ellerbe Rescue Squad. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 723

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Saturday, August 14, 2021

structure fire

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Rest in peace Officer Craig Cloninger and thank you for your service.

CBP Officer(retired), Luis R Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

November 2, 2021

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