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Police Officer Robert T. Seiffert

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, March 6, 1979

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Cincinnati honors 2 fallen officers with memorial street renaming

Posted on Jun. 25, 2021 FOX 19 NEWS

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - City and police officials are honoring the lives of two Cincinnati police officers gunned down in the line of duty 42 years ago.

A memorial street renaming ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday for Officers Dennis Bennington and Robert Seiffert.

It will take place on the corner of Oak and May streets in Walnut Hills, where a new street sign will be unveiled, Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman’s office announced Thursday.

The vice mayor will attend with Police Chief Eliot Isaac and Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Director Bill Beuke.

They will be joined by family and friends of the officers.

Officers Bennington, 27, and Seiffert, 31, both served the Cincinnati Police Department for over eight years.

They made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve the city during a March 6, 1979, traffic stop as they tried to apprehend a street robbery suspect on Oak Street near May Street, according to an account of the incident on the museum’s website.

Officers Bennington and Seiffert were members of CPD’s Robbery Task Force. In December 1978, they sought a street robbery suspect named Gregory Daniels, who had been arrested on a multitude of prior felony offenses.

Daniels, however, eluded authorities - but both officers never forgot, the museum’s website says.

Months later, on March 6, 1979, at 1 a.m., Officer Seiffert saw a car driven by a man he believed was Daniels. On a car-to-car radio channel, he contacted Officer Bennington, according to the museum:

Seiffert: Do you know this guy on sight?

Bennington: Yeah.

Seiffert: I’m going to stop him at Oak and May Streets.

Bennington: Okay, I’ll be there in a second.

Police surmise that Officer Seiffert pulled Daniels, over on westbound Oak Street west of May Street. Both Daniels and Officer Seiffert got out of their vehicles and Officer Seiffert asked for his identification.

Daniels said it was in the car and reached into it just as Officer Bennington arrived eastbound on Oak Street, stopped directly across the street from the car, and got out of his car shortly after 1 a.m.

The suspect shot Officer Bennington in the chest and then fired over his shoulder at Officer Seiffert, who dove behind Daniels’ car to try to get out of the way but was still struck in the head. Officer Seiffert’s head also hit the curb, breaking his neck.

Though mortally wounded, Officer Bennington got up and drew his revolver, but Daniels shot him again, this time in the shoulder.

As Daniels pulled away, Officer Bennington fired several shots, striking Daniels in the head and killing him instantly.

With Daniels’ lifeless foot on the accelerator, the car sped into a steel utility pole near Reading Road.

A passenger, Sharon Johnson, was pinned in the car and suffered wrist and hand injuries and a slight wound to her head from a bullet fragment.

Earlier this year, State Rep. Cindy Abrams announced House Bill 180 would rename a stretch of Interstate 71 in downtown Cincinnati the “Officers Dennis Bennington and Robert Seiffert Memorial Highway.”

Officer Bennington’s daughter, Tina Bennington Sansone, reached out to Abrams with the idea for a memorial highway.

Retired Police Officer
NYPD

June 25, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

March 6, 2021

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Robert T. Seiffert of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 49 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 6, 2021

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Robert T. Seiffert of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 48 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

March 6, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Seiffort.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 13, 2019

Officer Seiffert,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 6, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Robert Seiffert of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 48 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

March 6, 2019

I'm Officer Seiffert's son. Today is the 39th anniversary of his death. Thanks for the reflections from men and women who have posted here. I'm always trying to collect stories about my dad. And I love sharing them with my own kids—letting them know who their grandpa was. If you worked alongside my father and have any memories to share, I'd be grateful to hear them.

Robert J Seiffert
Bob's Son

March 6, 2018

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Robert T. Seiffert of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 46 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

March 6, 2018

Well Bob, I thought about you today. It has been 36 years since you found a safer place in heaven. Working with you in district 4 was a real pleasure and reminiscing about our tours in Vietnam made our friendship more meaningful. Rest in peace my friend and God bless your family.

Former Patrolman Mark Medosch
Cincinnati PD

October 22, 2015

Bobby, I remember that night so well. You, Denny and I were working the 8-4 shift in D-4. We were drinking coffe when a run came out in the north part of the District. I took the run. On my way back, I heard the call "officers down" and responded. I was there with you at the end. I love you guys & will always remember the great working relationship we had on that shift.
May you and Denny rest in peace. Will see you again!

B. George
CPD 1974 - 1984

June 20, 2015

Bob was my roommate in Vietnam in 1969. He taught me a lot and I will be ever grateful to him. I think of him often.

CW4 (Ret) Gordon R. Farquhar
U.S. Army

February 6, 2015

My name is Beth Rampleman and it doesn't seem like 35 years since your life was cut short. Your wife and I were nurses at St. Francis Hospital. I remember her telling us that you had traded shifts that night as a favor for a fellow officer. You were a warm and giving person. I have never cried so much as at your well attended service. I don't know how Janet handled that much pain! You risked your life everyday without any fanfare. You are not forgotten and will always be missed. There are no words to properly express my gratitude for your sacrifice!

Private citizen
Friend

December 22, 2014

Rest In Peace Brother Seiffert.

Sgt. Jarrod Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections

March 6, 2012

Officer Seifert,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cincinnati. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

March 6, 2012

RIP brother.....To this website: I don't know if it will ever be possible, but I think it would be nice to know how his and other KIA wives and kids, and parents are doing since his/their passing. But I also understand their privacy.

Patrolman(retired)
Lima, Ohio Police

March 5, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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

Anonymous

March 6, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

March 5, 2008

Today was the police memorial, your wife spoke and she's doin good.. Rest in peace brother no one has forgot what happened that night.

Anon
Ham. Co. Sheriff Office

May 17, 2006

thank you officer, rest in peace sir.

September 5, 2004

05/26/04

Rest in peace Officer Seiffert. You will always be remembered.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 26, 2004

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