Patrolman Robert J. Gallant

Patrolman Robert J. Gallant

Berwick Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Saturday, September 11, 1982

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Robert J. Gallant

Patrolman Robert Gallant was struck and killed by a drunk driver while at the scene of a domestic disturbance.

He was interviewing the female participant and both of them had begun to walk back towards the house. As they did so Patrolman Gallant heard an approaching vehicle. He turned around in time to see that the vehicle was about to the strike the two and he pushed the female out of harms way. The vehicle struck him, causing fatal injuries.

The 20-year-driver was apprehended the next day. He was convicted of manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving with a revoked license and sentenced to four years.

Patrolman Gallant was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions is saving the life of the woman. He had only been with the agency for 11 months and was survived by his mother.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge 4

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 4 years

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Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 11, 2020

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