Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Robert Tinsley Lohr

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, July 22, 1978

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Reflections for Trooper Robert Tinsley Lohr

Thank you for your service and today we remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 22, 2020

Driving through VA and saw the bridge in his name. I decided to look him up and wanted to let the family know people are still realizing his sacrifice.


June 27, 2020

While riding on 95 South, I saw the memorial for Trooper Robert Lohr and wanted to know what happened. I pray his family is comforted in knowing he died while serving someone. His life was not in vain.

Arnita Copeland

October 12, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Lohr.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 14, 2019

Trooper Robert T. Lohr, VSP Unit 1510 , End of Watch July 22, 1978, Forty years have passed, but the memory of our friend remains vivid. Rest In Peace, brother!

classmate at PEA

July 22, 2018

Trooper Robert Tinsley Lohr, thank you for your sacrifice! My husband and I have known many like yourself. We are sadly reminded of our fellow officers/troopers whom have given the ultimate sacrifice whenever we see a memorial such as yours.
R.I.P. brother!
Retired LVMPD

Gary POll and Jill COll

May 5, 2018

My husband and I passed your memorial bridge during a trip. We just wanted to thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. "In Valor there is Hope". We have the watch from here brother.

Jessica Hart

April 15, 2018

I like many others was traveling home from ny to Fla when I saw the memorial marker for trooper Robert Tinsley Lohr. My heart wells up with grief when ever I see a memorial for a fallen hero, one who served the public and who's life ended in an act of serving. I can only hope that time has somehow diminished the sorrow for his family and those who loved him.

barbara wyche

August 7, 2016

I have just recently gone on vacation to Disney with my family and saw the memorial for Trooper Robert Tinsley Lohr. I told myself as soon as I got home I would look up who he was. I'm so glad I did. May you Rest in Peace sweet Angel.

Driver From RI Mary

January 15, 2015

I am responding to the kind motorists traveling along I95 that have posted comments about the Robert Lohr Memorial Bridge. Because you are at this website, you already know that Robert was a police officer that died in the line of duty, but who he really was is what I would like to share with you. Robert grew up in Farmville, Va., the son of a Virginia State Trooper. I first met him at the age of 8yrs while playing little league baseball, he lived less that a block from the ballpark and could be found there lots of times with his dog "Rags" practicing hitting. To this day, Robert Lohr still holds the unofficial record for the number of pieces of super bubble gum he could put in his mouth, I don't remember the exact number, but it was a bunch! Robert played other sports, but baseball was his passion, he played pony league, American Legion Post 87 and was a standout catcher on our high school team gaining all conference honors. He was a true team player! He was the kind of young man you would want your daughter to marry! Shortly after graduating from high school in 1973, Robert became a police dispatcher for the Virginia State Police in Richmond Va., he worked there until he was old enough to become a trooper. After graduating from the academy, he did a brief tour of duty in southwest Virginia during the coal strikes and later returned to his duty post Caroline County, it was there he was killed on July 22, 1978 in the southbound lane of I95 near the 102 mile marker. Trooper Lohr had stopped his patrol car to assist a motorist change a flat tire when he was struck by an intoxicated driver. Although valiant efforts by fellow troopers and rescue squad personnel were made, Robert succumbed to his injuries at MCV Hospital in Richmond. He died helping someone he did not know, but that's who he was.
John 15:13

Robert Johnson

July 22, 2013

On vacation,we just passed trooper lohr's dedication.
Every day our police and firefighters live with the knowledge that life ends unexpectedly. yet they serve.
our thanks to them all.
Thanks to Virginia for letting us know of this man's bravery.

Barbara garner

July 18, 2013

I have traveled I95 for 30+ years,about every 6 weeks for 30 years! I have always seen then wondered who was Robert Tinsley I know. I thank him and his family for him risking his life in hope of saving others. He is an angel that walked amongest us! Words aren't enough.

I95 driver

July 15, 2013

Every time I take a road trip I note the names listed on memorial markers throughout my journey. When I get home, I look up the names that I've come across so I can learn a little more about the man or woman listed on the marker and how they came to their end of tour.

While making my way from Georgia to Massachusetts, just a week before the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon, I came across a marker for Trooper Lohr. I hope that one of his family members will see this reflection and smile knowing that a perfect stranger has now walked away with a little bit of knowledge about their loved one and the difference that he made in people's lives.

Natasha Hubbard

April 21, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 15, 2013

Robert, I taught you "Basic Photography" at the State Police Academy shortly before your death. You were so excited about finally being on the road and starting your career, and about your upcoming wedding. I was one of the first Troopers on the scene. This Labor Day weekend, I remember how you began breathing on your own, then suddenly stopped, as I gave you CPR in the back of the Rescue Squad van. Another Trooper helped you breathe until we got to the MCV hospital and they took over. We did everything we could, but God took you home. You are not forgotten, and I'll see you again someday in a place of peace. You blessed us with your life.

Trooper D. J. Bayse
(VSP - Left in 1983 to enter ministry)

August 31, 2012

Rob, you were a great friend who left us far too early. I remember all the great times we had in high school and the years after.. Your parents were great people and I know they were proud of you. Even though it has been 33 years, your friends still think of you and miss you. RIP Buddy

Winston Yeatts Jr
Crewe, Va

February 12, 2012

although it has been 33 years since the tragic death of our friend, unit 1510, for me it seems like yesterday. Robet and I grew up in Farmville,VA, played baseball and football together and graduated high school in 1973. After graduation, we went our seperate ways but along parallel roads, we both became police dispatchers (different departments) and later both became police officers, he with the Va State Police and myself with the Richmond ,Va P.D. Unfortunately, his career and life ended on 07-22-78 on I-95 at the hands of a drunk driver. I later became a field training officer and used this tragedy as a training scenario for rookie police officers, many stated that it really helped them remain focused on the exteme danger that traffic posed for them as they stood alongside a roadway. I know Robert would be proud that his ultimate sacrifice would not be in vain and officers were safer because of him.

Robert A. Johnson
high scool classmate and former police officer

July 22, 2011

Robert, you were such a caring and handsome guy who loved and honored your parents. You meant so much to me, and I cherish the times we spent together. Even though so many years have gone by, I still think of you and miss you. "Only the good die young."

Love, Ingrid


August 15, 2010

I enjoyed meeting and talking to your brother today on a call for service. I was saddened to learn that he had lost his brother who was a trooper. Although 30 years have passed since your death I'm sure its like it was yesterday to those who knew and loved you. Thank you for your service and watch over us.

Master Police Officer R. L. Bell III
Henrico County Police, VA

March 18, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 8, 2008

Trooper Lohr, I never knew you personally, but I too probated in Alleghany County, and stayed in the same home up on the hill, and saw these pictures through the house of you and learned you were already gone from this world, all much too quick. I learned the lessons of your falling too, I try to keep them in mind to this day ..... and I thought I'ld say "Thanks Troop".

Virginia State Police

October 30, 2007

Trooper Lohr,

Thank you for your service and dedication to the citizens of the Commonwealth. You are not FORGOTTEN........ May you continue to rest in eternal peace, you are missed!

Senior Officer D.W.Reichhardt

July 22, 2006

On the day you gave your life I was struggling to give life.My own precious son was born that day and has grown into a fine young man who respects Peace Officers.May you Rest in Peace and may Our Heavenly Father continue to support your loved ones.Thank you for your service.

July 7, 2006

Your memory lives on in all that wear the blue and gray.

Master Trooper
Virginia State Police

July 22, 2005

Robert you are remembered. God Bless those who know & loved you.

Senior Trooper Keith Miller (Ret)
Oregon State Police

February 9, 2004

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