Correctional Officer I Robert Danforth Clark

Correctional Officer I Robert Danforth Clark

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, October 1, 2023

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Robert Danforth Clark

Correctional Officer I Robert Clark died after being assaulted by an inmate with a homemade weapon at the Smith State Prison.

He was escorting two prisoners from the dining hall when one of them attacked him from behind with the weapon. The second prisoner attempted to stop the attack but was also assaulted and injured before the attacker was subdued. Officer Clark and the wounded inmate were both transported to a local hospital where Officer Clark succumbed to his wounds.

The inmate who attacked him, who was already serving a life sentence for murder, was charged with Officer Clark's murder.

Officer Clark had served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for only six months. He is survived by his mother, two brothers, four sisters, six nephews, and nine nieces.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 1797

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Charged with murder

convicted felon, correctional Facility, prisoner custody

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Lord God of unfailing love, to those families in our beloved nation, the United States of America, who are suffering in the wake of the loss of a law enforcement family member, help us to provide support. Allow us to be their rock and fortress in a time of immense pain and uncertainty. Help us to keep them safe and nourished in their time of grief, suffering beside them as we move toward healing and reconciliation. Lord God, in Your compassionate mercy, hear my prayer. In Christ Jesus, Your beloved Son, and by His authority, I pray. Amen.

Holy Scripture References:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA, FCPO-USA
The Badge 183 Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
“Honoring America’s Fallen Peace Officers”
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department (1974-1998)

November 20, 2023

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