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Trooper Robert Perez, Jr. | Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

Trooper

Robert Perez, Jr.

Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio

End of Watch: Monday, May 15, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 5/12/2000

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Trooper Robert Perez died three days after his cruiser was struck from behind while he was writing a traffic citation on the Ohio Turnpike in Milan, Ohio.

Trooper Perez and the vehicle he had stopped, were in an emergency pull-off when a minivan struck his cruiser, pushing it into the original stopped vehicle. Trooper Perez was transported to a hospital in Cleveland where he died.

The suspect who struck his cruiser attempted to flag down passing motorists, before he sat down in the highway and was struck and killed by another vehicle.
Trooper Perez had been in law enforcement for three years and had been with the Ohio State Highway Patrol for one year.

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My partner and I were assigned to the hospital where they took Robert after the accident to "watch" over his family as a courtesy. And although I didn't know you personally, after spending three nights with your family and friends in that hospital waiting area talking, laughing, crying and praying I felt as if I did.
A year later my partner and I attended the National Police Memorial in Washington DC as we had lost a brother in the Cleveland Police Department a month after Roberts tragic accident and they were reading his name off with all the other hero's lost in the past year. As we were leaving Arlington National Cemetery we happened upon a few familiar faces. It was Robert's mother and a few other family members we had gotten to know the previous year. After staring at each other for a few moments in disbelief, we shared some hugs and of course more tears. I truly believe fate brought us together that day.
I think of you and your family often. Thank you Trooper Perez for your greatest sacrifice and for protecting the citizens of the great State of Ohio. You'll never be forgotten.

Patrol Officer Luis M Rivera #838
Cleveland Police Department 2nd District
July 19, 2017

 

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