to connectVideoBlue Life: a memory of Robert ‘Bo’ McCallister (1950 – 2019)
Lieutenant Robert ‘Bo’ McCallister succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on February 19, 1981, while responding to a bank robbery. McCallister dutifully served with the Susquehanna Township Police Department for 32 years, in spite of the fact that it is in near-constant pain from a bullet lodged in his spine. Among the numerous honors and awards McCallister received, and he earned a Medal of valor and the Purple Heart due to his heroism during a 1981 bank robbery.
For more than 20 years, Robert McCallister dutifully doing his police work, in spite of the fact that it is in the neighborhood of the constant pain.
Pennsylvania’s cop’s punishment was a constant reminder of the bullet that was lodged in his back in 1981 during a shootout with bank robbery suspect.
McCallister, also known as “Bo,” to endure numerous surgeries and medical problems throughout his life, as a result of the shooting incident, and on Jan. 20, he died at the age of 69. A forensic pathologist said in 1981, the gunshot that caused his death, the questions to Susquehanna Township Police Chief Robert Martin to the opening of a murder investigation.
“It’s the biggest police officer I have ever worked with,” Martin said of McCallister, who is retiring from the police force in 2003. “Even after being shot in 1981, he has persevered and has returned to duty with a bullet lodged in his spine. He is a testament to what a hero is, it is in our country.”
For Martin McCallister had a key role model in both his personal life and as a professional.
Robert “Bo” McCallister, was the youngest officer to attain the rank of master sergeant in the Susquehanna Police Department in Pennsylvania.
McCallister was the first to be promoted to sergeant Martin, and as a rookie officer, and Martin’s absorbed, how masterly are the mentor’s communication with the public. McCallister, who had the distinction of being the youngest police officer to be promoted to the position of sergeant, taught the younger members of the department to the fact that the humanities-as well as the importance of being prepared for the difficult and dangerous parts of the job.
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“He taught us about mental preparation, and he was always [aimed at] keeping the officers’ safety during traffic stops and crimes in progress,” Martin said.
He is accompanied, almost oblivious to the pain, McCallister had to wrestle with it, and the sergeant prefers it that way.
“With our young guys, he didn’t talk about it a lot,” Martin said. “He’s had surgeries in his career, he had to take off for the surgery, but you would never have known” about the health of the complications, or else.
“He was doing his job and not complaining,” Martin said.
Robert “Bo” McCallister, of the Susquehanna Division of the Police department, died in January of 2019 at the latest, of complications from injuries he sustained in 1981 when he was shot by a bank robber.
Susquehanna Police Department)
In 1994, In an interview with the Patriot News, McCallister spoke about how the devastating shooting had given him a new perspective on what its priorities should be.
“The road is my life, my family, and came in second place [in the shootout],” McCallister said. “I’m so grateful to have to live with it. Now, the most important thing in my life is my family. You can do anything, but as long as I’m with my kids, and my wife’s and my health, nothing else matters.”
He said that the recording was altered with the simple routine of leaving for work.
“They have to know what I think of it,” he said of his wife and children. “I know what she’s thinking,” I hope that he will come back.'”
The job was my life, my family, and came in second place. I am so grateful to have to live with it. Now, the most important thing in my life is my family. You can do anything, but as long as I’m with my kids, and my wife’s and my health, nothing else matters.
Sergeant — major Robert McCallister, in 1994, in an interview with the Patriot News
The person who shot McCallister, fled after the firing on the life-changing shot to shot, and has never been charged with anything, at the time, it would have been a serious assault.
McCallister will not let it consume him, Martin said.
“He was able to compartmentalize it, but there’s no doubt about it, it never left his mind,” he said.
Among the numerous honors and awards McCallister’s received in his career, he was awarded the Medal of valor and the Purple Heart due to his heroism during a 1981 bank robbery.
When he left the department 16 years ago, he looked forward to it with more time he could spend with his wife and children.
“I remember him explaining to me as if it was yesterday,” Martin said. “He said,” I have My career and a chapter in the book of my life, and it’s time to move on to the next chapter.'”
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In the following chapter, quality time with loved ones.
“He spent a lot of time to spend with his family, he traveled and did all the chores,” Martin said.
Now for the record, it’s a murder, there is no statute of limitations, that is to say, if the investigators find out who shot McCallister, the offender may be sentenced to death.
“We have to dig out the reports that are in dusty boxes, there is a lot of work to do,” Martin said. “[McCallister] deserve all that we can to find who did this. It is up to him and his family, who have endured the pain, and in our profession, we will send out the message that we will not forget, we will be working until the end to find out who shot a police officer.”