Patrolman Robert B. Woodall

Patrolman Robert B. Woodall

Oberlin Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, March 10, 1971

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Robert B. Woodall

Patrolman Robert Woodall was killed when his patrol car slid on an icy road and struck a tree at 45089 East Hamilton Street while he was patrolling near Oberlin Reservoir.

Patrolman Woodall was working the midnight shift and was last seen at approximately 4:30 a.m. Fellow officers became concerned when he failed to respond to radio calls. They began a search for his location. At 6:23 a.m., officers located Patrolman Woodall's cruiser, which had left the icy roadway on East Hamilton Street near Parsons road and sustained heavy damage after striking a tree. He was located, deceased, inside the vehicle.

Patrolman Woodall had served with the Oberlin Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, father, sister, and grandmother.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

single vehicle crash

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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 Patrolman Robert B. Woodall of the Oberlin Police Department, Ohio and the additional 72 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 10, 2023

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