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 the blood clot to develop and move to his heart. He died four days later as a result.

Officer Donahue had served with the agency for 31 years. He was survived by his wife and two adult children.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge 78

Incident Details

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

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 31, 2020

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