Police Officer Robin G. Vogel

Police Officer Robin G. Vogel

Decatur Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, October 3, 2005

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Robin G. Vogel

Police Officer Robin Vogel succumbed to injuries suffered two days earlier in an automobile crash at the intersection of E Pershing Road and N Main Street.

Officer Vogel was on patrol when her squad car was broadsided by a drunk driver of a vehicle that ran a red light at a high rate of speed at 4:00 am.

The driver had a blood-alcohol content over twice the legal limit and was killed instantly. Officer Vogel was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to a trauma center where she died two days later.

Officer Vogel had served with the Decatur Police Department for seven years. She is survived by her son, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 247

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, October 1, 2005
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Killed in crash

drunk driver, routine driving

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Months before the accident that took you from the amazing people who worked with you, knew you as a person, or was blessed to have you in their family, you were driving me, a student interested in LEO work, down Garfield at about eighty, maybe eighty-five miles per hour. I about crapped myself as we got airborne at a couple of intersections. You had done this before, because you slowed down to a modest fifty and we both about smashed our heads against the roof. I had my seatbelt on, I can't remember if you did or not. You told me something that stuck with me, "It's alright to be afraid. You have every right to be afraid!" And within a minute we were on scene and others on the shift had already started to process the situation, we made it there in time to decide to find somewhere else to be.

When things are amping up, it's alright to have that fear hit you. Just don't stop doing what you're doing, it will be fine later to wipe out your underwear and laugh about it. You loved your job, you had great things going on. Your presence is missed, you'd probably be on your second career after you found out that retirement can get boring.

Bruce Lombardo

November 3, 2022

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