Sergeant Robert B. Rigoni

Sergeant Robert B. Rigoni

Port Clinton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, December 9, 1983

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Robert B. Rigoni

Sergeant Robert Rigoni, Deputy Sheriff Bruce Mettler of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, and Dispatcher Michael Sweeney of the Put-in-Bay Police Department were killed when the plane they were riding in crashed into Lake Erie.

The officers were traveling to assist a police chief on a neighboring island who was suffering a heart attack. All four occupants of the plane were killed in the accident.

Sergeant Rigoni was a United States Navy veteran and had served with the Port Clinton Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 5

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aircraft accident, rescue

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Robert B. Rigoni of the Port Clinton Police Department, Ohio and the additional 62 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

December 9, 2023

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