Sheriff David Thomas Robertson

Sheriff David Thomas Robertson

Appomattox County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, December 11, 1960

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David Thomas Robertson

Sheriff David Robertson was killed in an automobile crash while en route to visit one of his deputies who had been involved in an accident earlier in the day.

Sheriff Robertson was traveling west on US 460 about 10 miles east of Lynchburg at 4:30 pm when the vehicle in front of him began skidding on the icy highway. He applied brakes to keep from hitting the car, causing his vehicle to skid, turning sideways, and was struck by a truck traveling east.

Sheriff Robertson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWII and Purple Heart recipient. He had served as the Sheriff of the Appomattox County Sheriff's Office for 10 years and with the agency for 17 years. He was survived by his wife, who was in the car with him when the crash occurred.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

routine driving, weather

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Sheriff Robertson,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Appomattox County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 11, 2020

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