Trooper Gary Vance Gifford

Trooper Gary Vance Gifford

Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada

End of Watch Tuesday, October 14, 1975

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Gary Vance Gifford

Trooper Gary Gifford was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of a bank robbery suspect on US 50, at Cave Rock, Nevada.

His killer was convicted of his murder and sent to prison. In 1989 his killer was shot and killed in prison after taking a physician hostage during a 10 hour standoff.

Trooper Gifford was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Nevada Highway Patrol for six years and had served a short time as chief of the Fallon Police Department. He is survived by his son, parents, and sister.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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I think of Trooper Gifford frequently even today after being medically retired , as member of the trauma team that he was delivered to at the hospital, emotions were running very high for all of us while we waited as we'd heard via radio "Trooper down". I know we/I were devestated as there was nothing we could do to save him. I lived in Tahoe 46 years, I also did 10 years on ambulance as well as being a Respiratory Therapist. So I'm fully familiar with what happened there which was pre Paramedic level care days in EMS care. My last 16 years I commuted to the med center in Carson City, NV. and passed that scene and remembered "that day" in Oct 1975 numerous times

RIP Trooper Gifford, yes sir you are not forgotten. God Bless

Robert E Burns, RCP, CRTT
Respiratory Care Dept Manager Barton Memorial Hospital 1972-1992

June 17, 2020

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