END OF WATCH: April 27, 1979
Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction
Robert White was known as a man of many attributes: a devoted husband, father and public servant.
Following his honorable discharge from three years duty in the United States Navy, he began his career in law enforcement with the Cleveland Police Department. Robert served twenty-five years of distinguished service, and retired as a Lieutenant.
In September 1978 Robert retired from The Cleveland Police Department and began a career as a Parole Officer with the State of Ohio, Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Robert was assigned to the Adult Parole Authority’s Cleveland Regional Office.
On April 27, 1979, P.O. White was working alone conducting routine home surveillances of offenders assigned to his case load. While returning to his vehicle after attempting one such visit, three males accosted him. One of the males produced a weapon and fired at P.O. White. Robert drew his service revolver to return fire at which a fight ensued over control for P.O. White’s revolver. During the struggle, P.O. White was shot and mortally wounded with his own weapon. Officer White was the first Parole Officer in the State of Ohio killed in the line of duty.
While P.O. White’s tenure with the Adult Parole Authority was tragically cut short, his legacy continues to endure. In honoring the memory of Robert White, the Division of Parole and the Community Services established The Robert White Memorial Award. This award serves as a reminder of his commitment and service to the Adult Parole Authority while protecting the citizens of Ohio. This award is given annually to a deserving Parole Officer who best exemplifies dedication, commitment and outstanding service to the citizens of Ohio.
Robert White was survived by his wife, Lucille, and two loving daughters, Robin and Linda.
Robert White’s name is inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Panel 22, East-47.
By: Chuck Newlen