Chief of Police Robert Hamrick

Chief of Police Robert Hamrick

Rock Creek Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, March 20, 1970

Robert Hamrick

Chief of Police Robert Hamrick died 10 days after his involvement in an accident during a vehicle pursuit.

The vehicle he was chasing led him down a deserted road. During the pursuit down the road his patrol car struck a tree.

There is speculation that after he struck the tree the suspects he was chasing beat him with his baton and then staged it to look like an accident. His baton and gun were stolen from the scene.

Chief Hamrick had served with the Rock Creek Police Department for two years and had previously served with the United States Army. He was survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Eight grandchildren were born after his death.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge A-5
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Tuesday, March 10, 1970
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Chief of Police Robert Hamrick of the Rock Creek Police Department, Ohio and the additional 55 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

March 20, 2018

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