Sergeant Robert F. Dula, Jr.
End of Watch: Friday, April 9, 1955
Sergeant Robert F. Dula, Jr. joined the Las Vegas Police Department on June 16, 1952, at 22 years of age.
On April 8, 1955, at 2250 hours, just ten minutes before the end of his tour of duty, Sergeant Dula and his partner received a call to aid a citizen who was reported lying injured in the street at Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont. The two motorcycle officers turned on their red lights and sirens and proceeded west on Fremont toward the intersection where the citizen was reported injured. At 12th and Fremont Streets, Sergeant Dula, traveling to the rear of his partner, was struck broadside by a car operated by two juveniles, who immediately left the scene of the accident.
Sergeant Dula's motorcycle was thrown out of control, striking two other vehicles as it careened some one hundred feet from the scene of the accident to where it finally came to rest against the curb. Sergeant Dula, critically injured, was rushed to the emergency room at Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital. A team of doctors tried vainly to save his life, however, he died at approximately 1:20 a.m. Sergeant Dula was 26 years of age.
There is perhaps some irony in the fact that the two teenagers who struck Sergeant Dula and left him to die, were the suspects fleeing from the scene of Sergeant Dula's "Assist a Citizen" call.
Robert Dula was survived by a wife and two small children.