Deputy Sheriff Hugh James Gallagher Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Hugh James Gallagher Sr.
Storey County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: Friday, April 30, 1948

Biographical Information:
Age: 67
Tour of Duty: 1 year
Badge Number: Unknown

Incident Details:
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Date of Incident: Friday, April 30, 1948
Weapon Used: N/A
Suspect Info: Unknown


Deputy Hugh Gallagher suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to a on foot to a prowler call three blocks from the sheriff's office. He responded directly from the office and up a steep hill to the location, then collapsed.

Deputy Gallagher had served with the agency for only one year.

Deputy Gallagher's grandson, Ron Gallagher, has created a living history audio statement regarding Deputy Gallagher's career, life experiences in Virginia City, and the on duty incident that took his life in the line of duty. Contact with Ron Gallagher may be made through the Silver State National Peace Officers Museum.