On Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 11:04 p.m., Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger was struck by a vehicle while on duty. The incident occurred on the 2900 block of Hamill Road in Hixson, TN. Ofc. Galinger was transported to a local hospital by Hamilton County EMS and later succumbed to injuries sustained in the incident. Officer Galinger was on a call with his Field Training Officer (FTO) checking a hazard in the roadway. He was out of their patrol vehicle when a vehicle passing by struck him. The vehicle is described as a 2017/2018 Honda CRV with front end damage. Officer Galinger was 38 years old. He graduated from the CPD Academy on January 24, 2019.
“The Chattanooga Police Department and this community lost not just an officer,” said Chief David Roddy. “We lost a son, a father, a friend, and a protector.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident, the driver, or the location of the suspect vehicle is asked to please call 911, (423) 698-2525, or submit a tip via the free Chattanooga PD Mobile app. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
The CPD is working with Ofc. Galinger’s family on arrangements.