Retired North Tonawanda Police Department Captain Glenn Gardner Dies of COVID-19 Complications

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By: Staff Reporter

The North Tonawanda Police Department announced on Monday, December 14th, 2020, the death of retired Captain Glenn Gardner.

Captain Gardner graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1964.  Following his high school education he obtained Associates Degrees in Business Administration and Police Science, and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. Captain Gardner dedicated his life to service.  

In 1968 he joined the United States Army and attained the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1974, after two years of active duty and four years of reserve duty.  In 1972 he joined the University of Buffalo Campus Police Department where he remained until he was hired by the North Tonawanda Police Department on November 16, 1977.  

He worked in the Patrol Division until he was promoted to Detective in 1988. Ten years later he was promoted to Captain where he commanded the Patrol Division until his reassignment to “Chief of Detectives” in 2000, where he remained in command of the Detective Bureau until his retirement on January 4th, 2002.

Captain Gardner was one of the lead detectives in the William Rickerson homicide investigation that lead to the arrest of Richard Matt and was awarded the Exchange Club “Officer of the Year” award in 1998 for his sound investigative efforts in that case.  

He has numerous letters of commendation in his personnel file and was a true leader in the North Tonawanda Police Department.

Captain Gardner was 74 years of age and died from complications of Covid-19.


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