Chief of Police Robert G. Hardy

Chief of Police Robert G. Hardy

Rowley Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, June 11, 1973

Robert G. Hardy

Chief Hardy was killed in an automobile accident on Route 1 when a vehicle crossed the centerline and struck his patrol car head-on.

Chief Hardy had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Chief Hardy, I will never forget June 11, 1973 as your family was a big part of my family. Your inspiration as a Police Officer in my home town inspired me to become a Police Officer in the Town of Rowley. I started as Auxiliary Patrolman, Part-Time Officer and then a full time police officer. I was promoted to the Rank of Sergeant. After serving over six years in Rowley I moved on to continue my law enforcement career as a New Hampshire State Trooper. Being a Trooper was my dream and I achieved it. After serving nearly 29 years with New Hampshire State Police I retired in May 2016 at the rank of Captain. My Law Enforcement Career was 35 years total. My son Gary Jr has followed in my footsteps as a New Hampshire State Trooper. I spoke about your inspiration given to me to become a police officer at my retirement party!! You have been greatly missed, but will never be forgotten!! I was proud and honored to serve the citizens as you did in our home town. God bless you for service and rest in peace.

Captain Gary J. Wood
New Hampshire State Police

October 19, 2017

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