Patrolman Robert V. Bastin

Patrolman Robert V. Bastin

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 7, 1953

Robert V. Bastin

Patrolman Robert Bastin was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of West Court and John Streets. The suspect was apprehended and charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. He was found guilty of reckless driving and was fined with a license suspension for six months.

Patrolman Bastin had served with the Cincinnati Police Division for two years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps where he served at Okinawa and received the purple heart and bronze star during World War II. He was survived by his wife, mother, three sisters, and a brother, and is buried in Walnut Hills Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 230
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Guilty of reckless driving

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Patrolman Bastin,
Sir, on today, the 62nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC fighting the Japanese in the Pacific during WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO/former Marine

United States Border Patrol

March 7, 2015

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