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Miami Beach Police Dept. Patch
Resided: Miami Beach (Miami-Dade County)
FL, USA
Born: Jul. 17, 1947  
Fallen: Apr. 03, 1985
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 37 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Miami Beach Police Dept. - FL
1100 Washington Avenue  
Miami Beach, FL   33139   USA
(305)673-7900
County: Miami-Dade
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Patrolman
Sworn Date: 3/1971
FBI Class: Accident - Natural
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 14 years
Bio: Robert Edward Fitzpatrick was born on July 17, 1947, in Marianna, FL, to Gus and Thelma Fitzpatrick. He was the second of two children (Nancy and Robert). The Fitzpatrick family moved to Hialeah when Robert was 10 years old. Robert graduated from Hialeah H.S. in 1966 and joined the U.S. Army on Feb. 6, 1968, serving until Feb. of 1970. He was in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Div. and served in the Army reserves until his discharge on Feb. 1, 1974. After discharge from active dury, Fitzpatrick returned to S. FL. and joined the Metro-Dade Police Dept. in Feb. of 1970. He graduated from the Police Academy in July of 1970 and served as a Metro-Dade officer until Oct. of 1970 when he resigned and went to work for Southern Bell in Miami.

Fitzpatrick returned to police work on March 22, 1971, when he joined the Miami Beach Police Department. During his 14-year career he was in patrol, K-9's, motorcycles, training and S.W.A.T. (he was on the Beach's first S.W.A.T. team). His closest friend during his police career was Miami Beach Officer Paul Lupian. On Feb. 8, 1980, Robert Fitzpatrick, 33, married Debbie Barron, 28, in Miami. Debbie was from PA and was working as a nurse in Miami. Their son, Cory, was born on June 14, 1983.

Survived by:
Deborah L. Fitzpatrick - Wife

and son, Cory D. Fitzpatrick, 2, of Miami and by a sister, Nancy Campa, of Miami.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: none
  
Location:   Miami Beach, FL   USA   Wed. Apr. 03, 1985
Summary: Miami Beach Officer Robert E. Fitzpatrick, 37, a 14-year veteran, died on April 3, 1985, from a pulmonary embolism which occurred after surgery for an knee injury he received while on duty. He became the sixth Miami Beach officer to die in the line of duty.

At 7:00A.M. on Oct. 25, 1984, Officer Fitzpatrick injured his left knee when stepping between boxes on a cluttered sidewalk as he arrived at work at police headquarters. His left foot went in between the sidewalk and asphalt twisting the left knee. Fitzpatrick did not see a doctor immediately but after the pain failed to go away he consulted two doctors who recommended surgery. On March 13, 1985, he underwent surgery to correct the knee injury.

On April 1, 1985, two weeks after leaving the hospital, Fitzpatrick was re-admitted to Baptist Hospital, complaining of chest pains. His death on April 3, 1985, was caused by a pulmonary embolism which was a complication of the surgery. The cause of death was given as "pulmonary infarction and thromboembolism due to phlebothrombosis of left leg, post operative due to tear of knee legament."

Officer Fitzpatrick's widow, Deborah, filed a claim for death benefits with the U.S. Dept. of Justice under the Justice Assistance Act of 1984 which provided death benefits to police officers who died in the line of duty. That claim was granted and the officer's family received a $50,000 death benefit in 1985.

Ten years later (in 1995), the Miami Beach Police Dept. requested that Dade County add Robert Fitzpatrick's name to its list of officers killed in the line of duty since his death had been declared in the line of duty by the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the National Law Enforcement Memorial. That request was granted in April of 1995 and Robert Fitzpatrick's name was added to the list of officers read annually at the Dade County Police Memorial Service.

Source: Book       Excerpted in part or in whole from Dr. Wilbanks book-

FORGOTTEN HEROES: POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN DADE COUNTY, FL, 1895-1995

by William Wilbanks

Louisville: Turner Publications

1996

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