Patrolman Eino E. Toivola

Patrolman Eino E. Toivola

Ashtabula Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, October 21, 1957

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Eino E. Toivola

Patrolman Eino Toivola was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance at a local residence. A man who was arguing with his wife opened fire with a shotgun as Patrolman Toivola entered the home.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. His execution date was suspended indefinitely when mental experts convinced the judge that he was insane. He was sent to the Lima State Mental Hospital and remained there until his death on November 3, 1965.

Patrolman Toivola had served with the Ashtabula Police Department for ten years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 13

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Died in mental institution


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Thank you to everyone who has remembered my grandfather Eino Toivola's sacrifice to protect another.

His heart for his family and community was like no other.
His love for his family and community is a rarity in these days and times.
He not only choose to love his children but he chose to also love a child that was not of his own, my mom, as he loved & adopted her as his own.

I believe he and many like him who have gone before and after him are of brave men, good father's, strong grandfather's, mentor's and examples that our children and children's children should learn to follow.

He was fearlessness to enter a home of domestic violence with courage to protect and serve without stopping to think about himself.
He was courageous, selfless and brave.
He inspires me everyday to walk in faith and not fear, to live courageously and boldly for my family and community.
To be the best representation of God 1st and my him 2nd.
For no man has courage on his own, no man can walk in faith and not fear on his own.
So I know w/o a doubt that God was with him and in him and because of that I have the peace and assurance that one day I Will Finally Get To Meet Him.
Thank you again and May God go before each of you each and everyday that you protect and serve.

Dee Bucci
Grand daughter

October 25, 2022

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