Patrolman Robert V. Bastin

Patrolman Robert V. Bastin

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, March 7, 1953

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Robert V. Bastin

Patrolman Robert Bastin was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of West Court and John Streets. The suspect was apprehended and charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. He was found guilty of reckless driving and was fined with a license suspension for six months.

Patrolman Bastin had served with the Cincinnati Police Division for two years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps where he served at Okinawa and received the purple heart and bronze star during World War II. He was survived by his wife, mother, three sisters, and a brother, and is buried in Walnut Hills Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 230
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Guilty of reckless driving

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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 V. Bastin of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 56 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

March 7, 2022

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