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Correction Officer Robert B. Vallandingham | Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

Correction Officer

Robert B. Vallandingham

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 14, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Person

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Correction Officer Robert Vallandingham was killed when he was strangled by inmates during a prison riot. He and several other officers had been taken hostage during the riot and had been held for four days before Officer Vallandingham was murdered. The remaining hostages were eventually freed.

Three of the inmates were sentenced to death for the murder.

Officer Vallandingham had previously served with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife and son and is buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Portsmouth, Ohio.

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I was working the day Bob's life was taken from us. I attended his funeral with some other SOCF officers. I was amazed at the large attendance and corrections and law enforcement from so many places. I personally will never forget the riot or Bob's sacrifice. RIP my brother.

Lt. Wayne E. Fout, retired SOCF
SOCF
March 13, 2015

 

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