Patrolman Robert Jacob Bigelow

Patrolman Robert Jacob Bigelow

Altoona Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, December 9, 1933

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Robert Jacob Bigelow

Patrolman Robert Bigelow was killed while on his motorcycle patrol.

A car driven by a drunk driver ran a stop sign as Patrolman Bigelow entered the intersection. Patrolman Bigelow hit the side of the car and died the following morning of critical head and chest injuries.

The driver of the car was never charged for driving under the influence or held responsible for the accident.

Patrolman Bigelow was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Friday, December 8, 1933

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My Fathers Father we never knew, a man of Peace a man in Blue. Taken from all of us,generations of sorrow.Now we all are Honored in Respectful Memory of our Grandfather; Robert Jacob Bigelow Altoona motorcycle patrolman killed 3 days after the end of Prohibition by a drunk driver at the end of his watch Dec.8 1933 passed on Dec.9 1933 Leaving 2 sons,John Robert 10 (my Dad) & Donald (Bud)8 & Kathryn Walton Bigelow (wife). GOD BLESS Our Police ,GOD BLESS the Families. All My Love GrandDad & Dad, Joyce Bigelow Smith ,J.Kevin & Jeffrey L Bigelow

Joyce Bigelow Smith

May 8, 2016

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