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Trooper Robert Tinsley Lohr | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia

Trooper

Robert Tinsley Lohr

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, July 22, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 7/22/1978

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Trooper Lohr was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting a motorist on I-95 near Carmel Church.

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I am responding to the kind motorists traveling along I95 that have posted comments about the Robert Lohr Memorial Bridge. Because you are at this website, you already know that Robert was a police officer that died in the line of duty, but who he really was is what I would like to share with you. Robert grew up in Farmville, Va., the son of a Virginia State Trooper. I first met him at the age of 8yrs while playing little league baseball, he lived less that a block from the ballpark and could be found there lots of times with his dog "Rags" practicing hitting. To this day, Robert Lohr still holds the unofficial record for the number of pieces of super bubble gum he could put in his mouth, I don't remember the exact number, but it was a bunch! Robert played other sports, but baseball was his passion, he played pony league, American Legion Post 87 and was a standout catcher on our high school team gaining all conference honors. He was a true team player! He was the kind of young man you would want your daughter to marry! Shortly after graduating from high school in 1973, Robert became a police dispatcher for the Virginia State Police in Richmond Va., he worked there until he was old enough to become a trooper. After graduating from the academy, he did a brief tour of duty in southwest Virginia during the coal strikes and later returned to his duty post Caroline County, it was there he was killed on July 22, 1978 in the southbound lane of I95 near the 102 mile marker. Trooper Lohr had stopped his patrol car to assist a motorist change a flat tire when he was struck by an intoxicated driver. Although valiant efforts by fellow troopers and rescue squad personnel were made, Robert succumbed to his injuries at MCV Hospital in Richmond. He died helping someone he did not know, but that's who he was.
John 15:13

Robert Johnson
classmate
July 22, 2013

 

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