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Patrolman John Harold Robinson, Jr. | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Memphis Police Department, Tennessee


John Harold Robinson, Jr.

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 1, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 1038

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Both sentenced to life

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Patrolman John Robinson was killed when his cruiser was forced off of the roadway and struck a group of trees while chasing two robbery suspects. Patrolman Robinson and a second officer had been chasing two suspects, who had just robbed a man at gunpoint, for less than one minute when the suspects slammed on their brakes and suddenly swerved, in an attempt to cause an accident. Patrolman Robinson swerved as well, going off the roadway, and struck the trees. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The vehicles were traveling at an estimated 50 mph at the time of the accident. The second officer in the chase was able to arrest both suspects at the scene. Both suspects were found guilty first degree murder, evading arrest, and aggravated robbery and sentenced to life.

Patrolman Robinson had served with the agency for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and nine-month-old daughter, a seven-year-old son, and a 13-year-old daughter.

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Erin, I can still recall the morning of 12/01/99 like it was yesterday. I was working MHN ER at the time and called the North Precinct to report an incident. Anytime Big John was on duty he'd be the first one to the ER. And before he'd leave he'd always say, "I'll See You Guys Later." Little did we know that would be the last time, until we get to hang out with him again for all eternity!!!

Big John was on his way home on Thanksgiving morning, he said, he just wanted to wish us a Happy Thanksgiving. Out of all the Police Officers in Memphis, John was ours!!! I sincerely miss him to this day!!!

Erin, I want you to know, I went to the first anniversary of 9/11 in his honor. I handed out a tape of the song that was written for him, "Hero In Blue." "Gone to Soon" by Michael Jackson and some of the stories off of the local radio station that paid tribute to him. I showed some of the officers your Christmas Picture from 1999. I told them how they were heroes as well, like our Big John.

My thoughts and prayers continue for you and your family, John made an eternal impact on my life and I share his story whenever I get the opportunity. God Bless All of Our Heroes In Blue!!!

Alex Williams, RN
February 19, 2014


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