Officer Robert E. Donahue

Officer Robert E. Donahue

Akron Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, July 31, 1968

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Robert E. Donahue

Officer Donahue died after experiencing a blood clot while subduing a rioter who was resisting arrest.

During the struggle, he was struck in the ribs, which resulted in a blood clot developing and moving to his heart. He died four days later as a result.

Officer Donahue had served with the Akron Police Department for 31 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, and two grandchildren.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge 78

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 27, 1968

arrest, Riot

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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 Officer Robert E. Donahue of the Akron Police Department, Ohio and the additional 78 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 31, 2023

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