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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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio 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 65 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

July 31, 2019

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