In Memoriam Lieutenant Christopher Robateau


Michael Kelly, chief of the Jersey City Police Department in New Jersey, sadly reports the death of Lieutenant Christopher Robateau.

Lt. Robateau, 49, was on his way to work early in the morning, driving on the turnpike, when he was involved in a minor collision with another vehicle. He exited his personal vehicle and was walking along the roadway to check on the other driver. While he was walking to the other vehicle, he was struck by a passing pick up truck. He sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.

Both drivers remained at the scene and are cooperating with New Jersey State Police who are investigating the crash.

Robateau’s death is being considered “on duty” for his employment status as he was in uniform and acting in the capacity of a law enforcement officer when he was struck by the truck.

Christopher Robateau had served the Jersey City Police Department for 23 years and was assigned to the East District as the executive officer in charge. He had been given over 40 commendation awards for his meritorious service during his career, some of them including medals for bravery.

His wife and three children survive him.

Lieutenant Christopher Robateau is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Friday, January 5, 2017.

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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