Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Edward Wayne Robbins

Hannibal Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Thursday, May 2, 1968

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Reflections for Patrolman Edward Wayne Robbins

50 years and forever in our heart.

Sharon (Robbins) Errington
Mary (Beth) Robbins

Sharon (Robbins) Errington

May 2, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 2, 2018

My sister Sharon and I would like to thank all who have posted a reflection about our dad. It is nice to see how he is thought of and remembered by others so many years later.

Thank you,
Mary (Beth) Robbins
Sharon Errington

Mary (Beth) Robbins

May 2, 2017

There is not a year that goes by that I do not remember Eddie Robbins, his family and the events of that night, a very clear 2 May 1968. His obituary and the articles about the accident have an honoured place in the front of my scrapbook, telling of the courage of this incredible, friendly man and US Air Force veteran.

I was 14 years old and Eddie's wife was my sister's Girl Scout leader, an organisation in which my family was very active. Indeed, my mother had recruited Beverly to be a scout leader. We knew Eddie Robbins' family very well, as well as his parents, and were guests in their home many times.

Eddie had been on routine patrol when he encountered a speeder in the downtown area. As the speeder took off down Third Street, he followed the highway to the left at the Mark Twain Bridge intersection, traveling west on Mark Twain Avenue (US 24/36) at a high rate of speed. As Eddie followed the car out of town, he kept it in visual range in order to preserve the legal requirement for an arrest if HPD could apprehend him. Speeds accelerated quickly on the gently curving road and when they reached the big sweeping curve to the left a couple of miles out of town they were doing speeds excess of 120 mph. The speeder made the curve; Eddie did not. He traveled straight off of the shoulder, flipped end over end three times and was ejected from his cruiser. The ambulance took him to Levering Hospital, arriving at approximately 12:10 AM, where he was met by his wife. He died 25 minutes later at 12:35 AM. The speeder was never identified or caught and remains free to this day.

All I can remember from the aftermath is the profound grief and incredible shock of our small community on Hannibal's South Side. Never in the history any of us could remember had such a thing happened to one of our police officers.

His wife and the girls left for California several years later. I phoned them for a couple of years, then lost track of them. His parents have both been gone for many years. Eddie was their only child.

A few years back, Hannibal built their new hospital a couple of miles out of town across US 24/36 from where the accident occurred. It is uncomfortable for me to go there. I am always very aware of where I stand.

I do not know or understand how G-d deals with events such as these, but I must believe that some way, some how, justice will be granted in this nearly 46 year old crime.

RIP Eddie Robbins! We remember you, we miss you, and we will always love you.

Julia E. Clark

January 4, 2014


Thank you for your service to the citizens of Hannibal.
Rest in peace.

the Glascocks

October 27, 2013

Sir, you are remembered on this day May 6, 2013

Dede Hodge
CA citizen

May 6, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 44th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 2, 2012

I did not know Eddie but my mother spoke of him often
When he was killed she never got over it Her name is Norma Whitehead sister to Eddies father Harry Robbins. We have lost touch with his widow I do not even know her name or where there children are any info would be great
In loving memory of
Eddie Robbins love your cousin

martha whitehead six
eddie was my cousin

June 22, 2009



May 2, 2008

Patrolman Robbins,
On today, the 37th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Hannibal.


May 2, 2005

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